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The film opens with the following written dedication: "We respectfully dedicate our story to the frontier women of America, who helped their men settle the Kentucky wilderness. They were gallant and courageous, and without their aggressive cooperation-few of us would be around to see this picture." Cowboy singer Sheb Wooley sings the song "The Berry Tree" over the opening credits, but the song is also sung in the film by Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker.
According to a February 15, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item, Louis Calhern was originally cast in a top role. A May 14, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Anthony Nelson would test for a juvenile role, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. James Arness was borrowed for this production from Wayne-Fellows Productions. Portions of the film were shot on location at Cloverdale and along the Russian River, CA. Several reviews compared the film with M-G-M's highly successful 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers . Many Rivers to Cross was the last of three films in which Taylor and Parker co-starred.