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This film marked the first major screen role of actor Phillip Terry. Terry had had a number of small roles at M-G-M beginning in 1937. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, producer Harry Sherman considered directing this film, but Paramount eventually borrowed director William McGann from Warner Bros. Norman Kerry was cast, according to Hollywood Reporter, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Although the general release date was listed as June 27, 1941 in various release charts, Hollywood Reporter announced a world premiere in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 10, 1941, and Film Daily Year Book lists August 22, 1941 as the film's release date. The discrepancy has not been further documented in news items. Hollywood Reporter news items also indicate that some scenes were filmed on location at the base of the Panamint Mountains in Death Valley, CA. Previous films based on Peter B. Kyne's short story were Pallas Pictures' 1916 The Parson of Panamint, directed by William D. Taylor and starring Dustin Farnum, and Famous Players-Lasky's 1922 While Satan Sleeps, directed by Joseph Henabery and starring Jack Holt (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3362 and AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.6274).