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The working title of this film was High Vermilion. Luke Short's novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post between 31 May and July 5, 1947. In March 1951, Rhonda Fleming was announced as Edmond O'Brien's co-star in a Los Angeles Times news item. A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Myron Geiger to the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a Variety news item, exterior filming took place in Sonora, CA.