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Some of the film's opening credits are spoken. Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), who was the seventh President of the United States, served from 1828 to 1836. Dalton Trumbo's story was first titled "The General Came to Stay." According to modern sources, in 1940, Paramount paid Trumbo to write a novel based on his original story, which was then turned into a screenplay. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Trumbo was initially slated to direct the film. Modern sources also indicate that during production, the two lead actors, Brian Donlevy and William Holden, suggested that Trumbo take over direction because they were dissatisfied with Stuart Heisler's work, but Trumbo refused. A June 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Paramount considered Tim Whelan for director. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Gibson Gowland, Theodore Lorch (Jurists); Monte Blue, Emory Parnell (Policemen); Hobart Cavanaugh (Teller); James Millican and Margaret Mann. Some scenes in the picture were filmed on location in Carson City, NV.