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The opening title card reads: "Jubilee Trail Novel by Gwen Bristow." October and November 1951 Hollywood Reporter news items reported that Republic acquired Bristow's best-selling novel, Jubilee Trail, for an unusually high six-figure sum, and planned to cast John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the lead roles. According to a February 1952 Daily Variety news item, Republic leased the property, paying Bristow an advance and agreeing to give her a straight percentage of the film's gross. The news item noted that this deal, which gave the writer a long-term opportunity to gain from the success of the film, rather than a flat sum, was the first of its kind made by Republic. Bristow's husband, writer-producer Bruce Manning, wrote the screenplay. A modern sources adds Charles Sullivan and Ralph Brooks to the cast. The world premiere of the film was held in New Orleans, Bristow's hometown.