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The working title of the film was Along the Santa Fe Trail. The film opens with a narrated prologue introducing the high mesa country in the Southwest as a challenge to possess and a haven for the restless. Although an August 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item states that William Lava was assigned to write the score, his contribution to the final film, if any, has not been determined. Portions of the film were shot at the Warner Ranch near Calabasas, according to an August 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item.