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According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, the book on which this film is based was an autobiography of Emmett Dalton, the sole survivor of the gang's last stand, as told to Jack Jungmeyer, Sr. Hollywood Reporter production charts list Stuart Anthony and Lester Cole as screenwriters for the film, and although they are credited in the Variety review, they are not credited on screen, in Screen Achievements Bulletin or in other sources. Mrs. Emmett Dalton was engaged as a consultant on the film, according to a March 1940 Hollywood Reporter item. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that Randolph Scott replaced Walter Pidgeon in the role of Tod Jackson after Pidgeon became ill. Several other films based on the life of the Daltons have been produced. In 1945, Universal made The Daltons Ride Again, directed by Ray Taylor and starring Alan Curtis and Kent Taylor, and in 1957, United Artists released The Dalton Girls, directed by Reginald LeBorg and starring Merry Anders and Penny Edwards.