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Makeup man Carle Taylor's name was misspelled Carl E. Taylor in the onscreen credits. A Hollywood Reporter news item dated December 9, 1953 reported that actor Guy Madison was closing a deal to film Clark E. Reynolds and Rory Calhoun's original screenplay as an independent production to be directed by Gordon Douglas. It has not been determined how, or at what point, Allied Artists obtained the property.
Shotgun was filmed in Sedona, AZ and in California. The Hollywood Reporter reviewer commented that, "Selander is the first director to my knowledge who has succeeded in presenting the absolutely chilling heartlessness of the tribe [The Apache] and its noble attitude on the screen at the same time." In an August 1967Hollywood Reporter news item, producer John C. Champion claimed outright ownership of Shotgun, which reportedly was made for $260,000 and grossed $1,650,000.