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The working title of this film was Big Wilderness. The opening title cards read: "Allied Artists Productions, Inc. presents James Oliver Curwood's Northern Patrol starring Kirby Grant and Chinook." According to a May 15, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, Jean Willis was initially cast in the role of "Quebec Kid," but withdrew due to illness. For additional information on other films in the "Chinook" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Trail of the Yukon in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50. Other films based on James Oliver Curwood's novel are Nomads of the North, a 1920 Curwood production directed by David M. Hartford (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20), and Nikki, Wild Dog of the North, a 1961 Disney production directed by Jack Couffer and Donald Haldane (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70).