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The onscreen title card reads: "Bret Harte's Tennessee's Partner." Although not listed in the credits, the film was presented in SuperScope, RKO's widescreen process. Hollywood Reporter news items add Helen Jay, Naji, Henry Faber and Kim Hampton to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. In 1947, Los Angeles Times announced that Vernon Clark was producing a version of Harte's story, starring Joel McCrea, for executive Harry Sherman. That version was never made and was not connected to the RKO film.
Harte's story, which was very loosely adapted for the 1955 version, was the source for three silent films: In 1916, Paramount released the Jesse L. Lasky production Tennessee's Pardner, directed by George Melford and starring Fannie Ward as "Tennessee" (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20). Producers Distributing Corp. released The Flaming Forties in 1924, directed by Tom Forman and starring Harry Carey, and in 1925, Paramount released The Golden Princess, directed by Clarence Badger and starring Betty Bronson (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30).