The film was a reedited composite of the three-part "The Pinson Gang," including new footage and originally made for the 1955 first-run syndicated television series of the same name by Visual Drama, Inc., which also produced the series. This full-length feature derivative premiered on January 19, 1955 at the Paramount Theater in Boston before opening nationally.

Loosely based on the criminal career of Omar August Pinson (1918-1997), aka John Omar Pinson, an American robber and murderer. He was the fifth person placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List on 18 March 1950.