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.
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.
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.
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).