Final film of George Reeves. Several episodes from his Adventures of Superman (1952) TV series were edited together and released to theaters as features, but they were from episodes that were shot before this film.
The script called for an Indian attack on a wagon train, but producer Walt Disney told second-unit director Yakima Canutt that he didn't want it to be a typical Indian attack, as children would be watching the film and he didn't want them to see anyone killed or injured. Canutt objected, saying that in real life people were killed during Indian attacks and one in which no one gets hurt was so unrealistic that it shouldn't be filmed at all. Disney overruled his objection and told Canutt to shoot the attack as ordered. After screening the finished sequence, however, Disney told Canutt that he had been right and the attack looked too phony and unrealistic and ordered it to be reshot in a more realistic manner. Canutt said that it would add at least a week's extra time and several hundred thousand dollars to the budget, but Disney told him to re-shoot for as long as he needed in order to get it right.
On Nov. 14, 1956, a one-hour Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954) telecast entitled "Along the Oregon Trail" included a behind-the-scenes of the shooting of this film. The first segment of a four-part series about Indians, called "The First Americans", began on the Disneyland series on the day of the premiere of this film. On Feb. 19 and 26, 1961, the film was shown in two parts on the "Disneyland" program.