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This film is a remake of Paramount's 1936 film The Texas Rangers, directed by King Vidor and starring Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie, Jean Parker and Lloyd Nolan (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4519). Although The Texas Rangers was based in part on a Walter Prescott Webb book of the same name, Streets of Laredo is based on Louis Stevens and Elizabeth Hill's screenplay for The Texas Rangers, and they are given onscreen story credit for Streets of Laredo. According to an August 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item, Paramount bought the rights to a Norman Reilly Raine story titled "Streets of Laredo," intending to produce a film from it "on a major scale." However, although Raine is listed in connection with this film along with writers Charles Marquis Warren and Lynn Root in papers in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library, and Warren and Root collaborated on a draft of the script, neither Raine nor Root are credited in any other source, and the extent of their contribution to the final film has not been determined. Although Paramount initially hoped to shoot the film "against the panorama of Texas," location filming was done in Gallup, NM, according to Hollywood Reporter. Some scenes were shot at the Ray Corrigan Ranch in Simi Valley, CA.