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Due to a studio clerical error, Alan Ladd was credited for an appearance in this film. He does not, in fact, appear in it. By the time it was re-released, Ladd had become a prominent and popular player, so his name was prominently displayed, often receiving equal billing right along with John Wayne, not only on all the re-titled advertising material, but also in most television program schedules once telecasts began.
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On its first reissue, the company added random stock footage of cattle drives, chases, and stampedes to bring the running time to over an hour.
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The player-piano version of "You're the One I Crave" heard during the poker game is the same recording heard in the speakeasy scene of The Marx Brothers' Horse Feathers (1932), which also features Syd Saylor.
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The opening theme music can also be heard in the Harold Lloyd picture The Milky Way (1936).
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This is one of 20 Zane Grey stories, filmed by Paramount in the 1930s, which they sold to Favorite Films for re-release, circa 1950-1952. The failure of Paramount, the original copyright holder, to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
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Re-titled 'Hell Town' by Favorite Films for its 1950 re-release, this film was often shown in tandem with the re-release of The Thundering Herd (1933), re-titled 'Buffalo Stampede'.
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Re-titled "Hell Town," this film was first telecast in New York City Friday 8 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Detroit Sunday 7 February 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Los Angeles Sunday 20 June 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4); in San Francisco it was first broadcast Thursday 3 March 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5).
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