Raoul Walsh was cast as the Cisco Kid, as well as being the director; but during a return drive to Los Angeles from Utah, a jackrabbit jumped through the windshield of Walsh's car, with both the rabbit and the broken glass hitting Walsh in the face. (Safety glass was added to cars the following year.) The damage to Walsh's right eye necessitated replacing him in the lead role, re-writing the script and re-shooting some scenes with a different director while Walsh recuperated; Walsh thereafter wore the eye patch for which he was known, and eventually lost the eye entirely. Some footage of Walsh, in chase scenes and long shots, remains in the film.
Director Raoul Walsh, who was to star as The Cisco Kid, lost an eye in an accident shortly before filming. Buddy Roosevelt was then cast in the role, but he broke his leg shortly before the picture was to start again. He was replaced by Warner Baxter, who managed to stay in one piece and won an Academy Award.
A restored Blu-ray edition of the film was released by 20th Century ox Home Entertainment in 2013. Watching it, one reviewer claims that 'almost certainly" that actor Raoul Walsh can be seen, in scenes shot before his accident, as cowboy on horseback under a big hat in long shots with bluffs in the background. Walsh, as director of an early John Wayne Western two years later, The Big Trail (1930), would utilize the same bluffs.