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The film opens with the following written statement: "Much has been written both truth and fiction of the exploits of Bat Masterson. This story deals with a little known incident which is believed to have led Masterson to embark on his career as Peace Officer and champion of the people." Despite the film's claims, Prince of the Plains does not depict events from Masterson's life. For more information about Masterson, for the 1943 United Artists release The Woman of the Town. Although Hollywood Reporter production charts list George J. Lewis in the cast, his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.