|Directed by||Joseph Santley|
|Produced by||Albert J. Cohen|
|Written by|| Frank Gill Jr. |
Henry K. Moritz
Paul Gerard Smith
|Starring|| Brenda Joyce |
|Music by|| Walter Scharf |
|Edited by||Thomas Richards|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
|July 5, 1943|
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