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According to the film's daily production reports, director Delmar Daves's last day on the production was July 25, 1958, after which he became too ill to direct. Karl Malden took over directing the film on July 29, 1958 and continued to the end of post-production recording. On July 30, 1958 only, Vincent Sherman served as co-director. Although a February 1958 Los Angeles Examiner news item stated that James Webb had written the script for this picture, the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined.
Studio publicity materials contained in the production file for the film in the AMPAS Library add that the film was shot on location near Yakima, WA. The picture marked the screen debuts of George C. Scott and Ben Piazza and the initial effort of the producing team of Martin Jurow and Richard Shepherd. A modern source adds Bud Osborne to the cast. Jerry Livingston and Mack David's song, "The Hanging Tree," was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.