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Luke Short's novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post from 19 October to November 30, 1946. According to an unidentified item in the files at the AFI Louis B. Mayer Library, dated November 1, 1946, RKO purchased the novel for $20,000. In that item, the story is referred to as Mission in Mufti, a title that a Hollywood Reporter news item also lists for the serialization. According to contemporary literary sources, however, the serialized work was titled Station West. Many contemporary sources erroneously list the film's title as Stations West. RKO borrowed Burl Ives from Twentieth Century-Fox for this production. Early Hollywood Reporter production charts include Lex Barker in the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, exteriors for the film were shot in Sedona, AZ, near Flagstaff. Hollywood Reporter adds that star Jane Greer left the production for two weeks to honeymoon with her new husband, Edward Lasker. For the picture's world premiere in Chicago, a torchlight parade was held outside the theater and a number of Hollywood stars made personal appearances.