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James Fenimore Cooper's novel was also published as the first of five novels in his 1853 compilation known as The Leatherstocking Tales. The film's onscreen credits note that the picture was "inspired by" Cooper's novel of the same name and The Leatherstocking Tales. According to a May 4, 1939 Los Angeles Examiner news item, Monogram first considered Jack Randall for the leading role. Modern sources include Art Dillard, Sherry Tansey and Tex Palmer in the cast and note that portions of the "Indian attack" footage were taken from the 1933 Mascot serial Fighting with Kit Carson.