- Yancey Cravat, the character played by Richard Dix, was based on the real-life lawyer and gunfighter Temple Houston -- the son of Sam Houston, whom Dix played in Man of Conquest (1939).
- One of the extras was Nino Cochise, the actual grandson of the great Chiricahua chief Cochise. He and his good friend Bill Russell were in this movie as well as several others.
- A then-record $125,000 was paid for the film rights to the novel.
- The land rush scene took a week to film, using 5,000 extras, 28 cameramen, 6 still photographers and 27 camera assistants.
- This was the first Western to win an Oscar.
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