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Much of the film was shot on location at Mt. Whitney, CA. According to a Warner Bros. press release contained in the production file on the film in the AMPAS Library, one sequence was filmed during a three-day blizzard at nearby Lone Pine. The production notes also remark that shooting stopped one day when an atomic cloud appeared on the horizon after a bomb explosion at the Nevada testing ground. A June 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that portions of the film were also shot at Bell Ranch in the San Fernando Valley.
Although only John Beckman is credited onscreen as art director, a December 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Douglas Bacon would fill the position. His contribution to the final film has not been determined. A May 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Jeff Stevens to the cast, but his appearance in the film has not been confirmed. According to an April 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item, the horse Wildfire, who debuted in the 1952 Warner Bros. film The Lion and the Horse, appeared in Springfield Rifle (see entry for film above).