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Although Eddy C. Waller's character is listed as "Tom Cassidy" in the closing credits, in the film he is called "Bill Cassidy." According to a February 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, when Universal originally bought Dee Linford's novel, Audie Murphy was considered for the role of "Jeff Jimson." The film's plot, as described in an April 1953 Daily Variety article, originally revolved around Jeff and his struggle to win the love a wealthy cattle baron's daughter. According to studio press materials, the film was shot on location in the Grand Canyon.
Although a June 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item states that Jesse White was cast in a featured role, he does not appear in the final film. Modern sources assert that Kirk Douglas performed his own stunts and played the banjo himself in the film. Universal filmed another version of Linfield's novel in 1968 entitled A Man Called Gannon, directed by James Goldstone and starring Tony Franciosa and Michael Sarrazin.