- Fake Nationality: Paul Newman as an Italian-American.
- Star-Making Role: Paul Newman had two previous flops under his belt (The Silver Chalice and The Rack). This gave him a hit movie and launched his career.
- What Could Have Been:
- The film was originally meant to star James Dean, until his death prior to filming. Montgomery Clift was also considered to star.
- Originally, the movie was to be filmed on-location in New York City in Technicolor. However, after Dean's death, it was decided the film should be in black and white, and filmed on studio sets. Robert Wise felt the sets looked very fake, and only used them for night scenes, while filming the daytime scenes on-location.
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