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Although there is a 1966 copyright statement on the film for Santa Clara Productions, the film was not registered for copyright at the time of its release. However, the film was registered for copyright by Santa Clara Productions on February 4, 1982 at which time it was assigned the number PA-131-811. Before the opening credits appear, a sequence is shown in which "Blind Dick" and his gang rob a stagecoach. Although Ride in the Whirlwind was screened on October 23, 1966 in the San Francisco Film Festival's New American Director Series, the film was unable to obtain theatrical release in hte U.S. until 1972, when Jack H. Harris acquired distribution rights to Ride in the Whirlwind and its companion film, The Shooting (see below). The Hollywood Reporter review noted that Favorite Films of California was releasing the films in 13 Western states. The films were shot consecutively in Kanab, UT and utlilized many of the same crew members. Monte Hellman directed both films, Gregory Sandor photographed both and Jack Nicholson, who wrote Ride in the Whirlwind, appeared in both films, as did Millie Perkins.