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The working title of this film was The Gilded Rooster. The title card of the viewed print reads: "Columbia Pictures Corporation presents Savage Wilderness (formerly titled Last Frontier)." According to modern sources, Savage Wilderness was the film's television release title. Hollywood Reporter production charts list Kathryn Grant in the cast, but she did not appear in the released film, and her role was taken over by Anne Bancroft. Reviews noted that location shooting took place in Popocatepetl, Mexico.
According to information in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, a scene in which Bancroft's character repeatedly stabbed an Indian was considered too brutal and was eliminated from the final film. The Hollywood Reporter review noted that the film marked the second time that Manuel Donde, who plays "Red Cloud," had been made "to look like a lunkhead by the Columbia scenario department" even though the Sioux chief was a "Native American genius." For more information about Red Cloud, see the entry above for The Indian Fighter.