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The working titles of this film were The Killer and 21 Men and Return of the Outlaw. The picture closes with the following written epilogue: "Some say Billy the Kid died by the blazing guns of Pat Garrett, others swear the story you have just seen is true. But all agree on one account. Billy was the fastest man with a gun that ever lived." Bob Steele's name was misspelled in onscreen credits as "Bob Steel." According to a February 1956 Los Angeles Times news item, location shooting was done at the Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon of Newhall, CA. A February 1956 Daily Variety news item adds that Joe Sodja, who appeared as the printer "Ben," played guitar in Buddy Rogers' orchestra twenty years earlier. When Rogers, the film's producer, decided that he wanted guitar music for the film's score, he asked Sodja to write it and then sweetened the deal by offering him an acting role in the picture. For other films based on the character of Billy the Kid, see the entry for the 1941 M-G-M film Billy the Kid in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50.