|Directed by||Lew Landers|
|Written by||Norman Houston|
|Based on||To the Last Man by Zane Grey|
|Produced by||Herman Schlom|
|Starring|| Tim Holt |
|Edited by||Philip Martin|
|Music by||Paul Sawtell|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|June 1, 1947|
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The film began production as To the Last Man but the studio had trouble clearing the title because of a proposed Liberty Films project called The Last Man, so they used the title of the 1935 Zane Grey novel.
A cowboy fights against crooks trying to control his land.
Filming began in October 1946.
The film was made for a relatively high budget for a B Western. This was partly responsible for it making a profit of only $17,000.
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