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Alan LeMay's onscreen credit reads: "Written and produced by Alan LeMay." Voice-over narration, spoken by Patric Knowles as his character, "Charles Douglas," is heard intermittently throughout the first half of the picture. The film's onscreen credits include the following written statement: "Because certain historical events and personalities are still controversial, this story is told in terms of fictitious characters and action." In 1837, Louis Joseph Papineau, a Lower Canada assemblyman, organized an effort to seize control of the British-dominated executive council, and later he and his mostly French-Canadian followers, called the Patriotes, clashed with the British army. Papineau's rebellion was easily quashed, as was a smaller rebellion in Upper Canada, led by William Lyon Mackenzie. Unlike the revolutionaries in the film, the real rebel leaders fled to the United States after their defeats.
Paramount borrowed Corinne Calvet from Hal Wallis' company for the production. The film marked the debut of French-Canadian actress Nikki Duval and was her only appearance in an American production. As noted by reviews and studio publicity material, the film was shot entirely in Quebec Province, including the moated Citadel, Montmorency Falls and the House of Parliament in Quebec City, the Plains of Abraham, a three-hundred-year-old farm on the Isle D'Orleans, and the Governor-General's summer home. According to studio publicity, members of the Canadian Army's Royal 22nd Regiment appeared in the Citadel battle scene.