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In a spoken foreword, the filmmakers state that this film depicts the true story of Billy the Kid. An article in Los Angeles Times reported that J. Edgar Hoover offered to narrate the film. The same article noted that producer Paul Short wanted to hire Lloyd Nolan, Herbert Marshall, Charles Bickford and Mona Freeman to star in the film with Audie Murphy. According to prelease news items in Hollywood Reporter, Dortan Pillar, Rose Turcel, Jack Ingram, William Fawcett and Ann Blyth were cast in the film. Some scenes were shot on location at Idyllwild, CA. General Lew Wallace (1827-1905), who was governor of the New Mexico territory from 1878 to 1881, was best known as the author of the novel Ben-Hur. For more information on Billy the Kid, please see the entry above for Billy the Kid.