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Luke Short's short story was published in novel form, under the same title, in 1950. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Sergei Petschnikoff was originally to have been the film's unit manager, Robert Planck was to have been the director of photography and Keogh Gleason was to have been the set decorator. This picture marked the final film of director Sam Wood, who died on September 22, 1949. Some location shooting took place in and around Gallup and Lupton, New Mexico.