- Actor-Shared Background: Gary Cooper identified very strongly with his character:Sergeant York and I had quite a few things in common, even before I played him in screen. We both were raised in the mountains - Tennessee for him, Montana for me - and learned to ride and shoot as a natural part of growing up.
- AFI's 100 Years... Series:
- Dawson Casting: Gary Cooper was ten years older than the real Sgt. York was when he joined the army. Averted with Joan Leslie, who was 16 when she made this film, the same age as the real Gracie.
- Deleted Scene: The original film included a scene that featured the dance Alvin and Gracie were going to. It was cut in the theatrical release but the York family still has a copy of the movie with that deleted scene.
- Irony as She Is Cast: While Gary Cooper played a war hero onscreen, he was unable to participate in WWII due to his age and an old injury to his hip. He felt strongly that this was his way of contributing to the cause.
- What Could Have Been:
- Michael Curtiz was among those offered the chance to direct.
- Alvin C. York thought he should be portrayed on the screen by Gary Cooper. Samuel Goldwyn, who had Cooper under contract, wouldn't release him. Henry Fonda, James Stewart and even Ronald Reagan were considered. Goldwyn finally gave in when Warners agreed to lend him Bette Davis for The Little Foxes.
- Working Title: The Amazing Life of Sergeant York.
Trivia / Sergeant York