This episode reunites Ward Bond with director John Ford and the legendary John Wayne, who makes a cameo appearance. Along with Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson who had been stuntmen, these men had worked together on films such as the classic, The Searchers. All had been part of what was known as the John Ford Stock Company.
Ford enticed the producers into allowing him an unprecedented sixth day of shooting. This resulted in 72 minutes of film so excellent that there was talk of spending the extra time and money to expand the show to a two parter.
Instead, they cut 15 minutes. Jeez.