Separated-at-Birth Casting: The producers cast Robert Colbert as Brent Maverick, due to having a similar look to James Garner, and they even ordered him to wear a costume identical to that worn by Garner. Because of the obvious comparisons this would bring, Colbert told them, "Put me in a dress and call me Brenda, but don't do this to me!"
The studio wanted Jack Kelly, Roger Moore, and Robert Colbert to appear together, but Moore had left the series by the time Colbert filmed his first episode.
Written By Castmember: In addition to making regular appearances as Big Mike McComb, Leo Gordon, also wrote several episodes of the series.
All-Star Cast: Within the many cameos. Country singers and old western-actors have supporting roles, especially during the All River's Draw Poker Championship, as Robert Fuller, Denver Pyle, William Smith or William Marshall.
Alice Cooper had a cameo as the town drunk, but his segment was cut.
Linda Hunt and Clint Walker both had cameo roles in this film, Hunt playing a magician and Walker playing a sheriff. However, the film itself ran too long, so their parts were cut from the theatrical release.
Throw It In!: Annabelle's gracelessness in the film stems from the first scene Jodie Foster shot, when she waited for Mel Gibson to help her down from the stagecoach. Instead, he took her parasol and walked away. She tried to get down alone, and flopped to the ground. Richard Donner liked it so much that he kept the shot in the film, and staged more scenes of Foster stumbling, being dumped through windows, etc.
After writing the script, William Goldman offered the role of Zane Cooper to friend and collaborator Paul Newman. He loved the script and agreed to the film, but the producers lowballed his asking price; he reluctantly turned down their offer.
Phil Collins revealed in his autobiography that he was considered for an unspecified part in the film, but that he didn't get the role.