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Actress Barbara Allen, who frequently performed in films and on radio as Vera Vague, is listed in the onscreen credits as Barbara Allen (Vera Vague). According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Republic planned to use this picture to boost Gene Autry into the first-run houses. Costing $500,000 to produce, it was Republic's most expensive Autry film to date. Modern sources note that a kissing scene between Autry and Ann Miller had to be shortened because of protests from Gene's fans. In the viewed print, Autry and Miller are shown about to kiss, then parting from kisses, but are not actually shown during the kiss. Modern sources include Ruth Gifford, Maxine Ardell, Jack Ingram, Lloyd Ingraham, Edmund Cobb, Billy Betcher, Art Mix, George Chesebro, Tiny Jones, Herman Hack, Jack Kirk, Merrill McCormack, Wally West, Frankie Marvin, Carl Cotner, Tex Cooper, Chick Hannon, Tom Smith, Jim Corey, Buck Bucko, Jane Keckley, Frank Hagney, Jack Montgomery, Joe Yrigoyen and Bob Wills' Texas Playboys in the cast. A modern source also notes that John Wayne has occasionally been credited with stunt work, but his participation in the film is doubtful.