- Director 'Stevens, George' wanted to cast fading star 'Ladd, Alan' as Jett Rink, but his wife advised against it. The role went to 'Dean, James' .
- After Dean's death late in production, Nick Adams provided Rink's voice for a few lines.
- The lead character, Jett Rink, was based upon the life of Texas oilman Glenn McCarthy (1908 - 1988). The real McCarthy was an Irish immigrant who would later be associated with an symbol of opulence in Houston, Texas: the Shamrock Hotel, which opened on St. Patrick's Day, 1949.
- The hat Mercedes McCambridge wore in her exterior scenes was given to her by actor 'Gary Cooper' .
- Before 'Elizabeth Taylor' accepted it, the role of Leslie was offered to 'Grace Kelly' .
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