Clint Eastwood (Keith Williams) reportedly described this movie as "probably the lousiest western ever made."
Scott Brady, with over ten years experience as an above-the-title star, and the authority to carry the film's leading role, received twenty-five thousand dollars for this movie, while inexperienced Clint Eastwood, a relative newcomer, with very little experience, was paid seven hundred fifty dollars.
After Clint Eastwood became a star in the mid 1960s, Twentieth Century Fox re-released this movie, changing the advertising and credits to give Eastwood top billing.
According to writer Robert W. Woods, he and co-writer Robert Reeds were replaced by two other writers. The new writers produced a script too similar to the original script, so Robert and Robert were rehired, and their script was kept.
A February 11, 1958 Los Angeles Times ad shows that this movie was widely distributed in Southern California on the lower half of a double bill with Walt Disney's Old Yeller; a month later, Northern Californians got stuck with it on the lower half of the bill with a re-release of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This sort of inappropriate booking sensitivity was exactly the sort of thing that drove moviegoers away from big screen theatres and into the arms of their small screen home television receivers.