Gary Cooper was, at 56, a decade older than Lee J. Cobb who played his "Uncle" Dock Tobin. Even with heavy makeup, it is generally agreed that Cobb still looked younger than Cooper, and Cooper was actually about 20 years older than his character was supposed to be. In addition, Cooper and John Dehner talk about being children together, but Dehner was actually 14 years younger than Cooper.
Jean-Luc Godard, a film critic before he became a director, raved about the film, saying it was the best film of that year. Because of his recommendation, the film has been re-evaluated and is now considered a classic western.
Walter Mirisch the producer told in his biography that during the shooting, he and Gary Cooper were invited to dinner by Joel MacCrea at his ranch which was not far from the shooting set. Mc Crea told Cooper that he - Mc Crea - accepted in his early career some roles which Cooper refused. Cooper denied this affirmation but none argued any further. Mirisch tells that this dinner was a very agreeable moment.