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According to Hollywood Reporter and Variety reviews, Smiley Burnette, who at the time was appearing with Charles Starrett in Columbia's "The Durango Kid" series, substituted for Gene Autry's current "sidekick" Pat Buttram, who had been injured just prior to shooting in an on-set accident. Autry and Burnette had not appeared in a film together for two years. Songwriter Stan Jones made a brief appearance in the film as a stagecoach passenger. Although information in the copyright file indicates that Whirlwind was released in sepia, the print viewed was in black and white.