- AFI's 10 Top 10:
- #9 Western.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: That famous Catchphrase "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" is often attributed to John Wayne in this film. What he actually says is, "Well, there are some things a man just can't run away from."
- Completely Different Title:
- The film was first released in Germany as Hell-Ride to Santa Fe, even though the stagecoach went to Lordsburg. The title was later changed to Ringo.
- In France, it was released as The Fantastic Ride.
- In Italy, it was released as Red Shadows.
- Enforced Method Acting: John Ford gave John Wayne absolute hell on the set, mocking him at every turn and being constantly critical. Eventually, the other actors felt so bad for Wayne that they got together and demanded that Ford lay off the young starwhich is exactly what Ford wanted them to do. He sensed (perhaps accurately) that some of the older actors might have resented a younger player getting such a prominent part; by making himself the bad guy, he instead got them to support Wayne.
- Irony as She Is Cast: Thomas Mitchell had stopped drinking alcohol more than two years before he played the drunken Doc Boone.
- Prima Donna Director: John Ford liked to bully actors on the set, and this was no exception. At one point he said to Andy Devine, "You big tub of lard. I don't know why the hell I'm using you in this picture." Undaunted, Devine replied, "Because Ward Bond can't drive six horses." Likewise he attacked Thomas Mitchell, who eventually retorted, "Just remember: I saw Mary of Scotland", effectively humbling the director. Worst of all was Ford's treatment of John Wayne. He called him a "big oaf" and a "dumb bastard" and continually criticized his line delivery and manner of walking, even how he washed his face on camera. However, at least part of this was to provoke the actor into giving a stronger performance; Claire Trevor recalls how Ford grabbed Duke by the chin and shook him. "Why are you moving your mouth so much?" he said. "Don't you know you don't act with your mouth in pictures? You act with your eyes." Wayne tolerated the rough treatment and rose to the challenge, reaching a new plateau as an actor. Ford helped cement the impression that Wayne makes in the film by giving him plenty of expressive reaction shots throughout the picture.
- Star-Making Role: John Wayne had been a bit player and B-movie actor for nearly a decade before this film made him a huge star.
- John Ford had known Wayne for some time and had become friends with him, but refused to cast him in any of his movies until he was sure Wayne was ready for it. Ford got ahold of this script and figured Wayne was ready for it.
- Those Two Actors: This was the first of three films in which John Wayne and Claire Trevor were paired as a romantic team.
- What Could Have Been:
- The producers originally wanted Gary Cooper for The Ringo Kid and Marlene Dietrich for Dallas.
- John Ford initially wanted Katharine Hepburn, who he'd previously worked with on ''Mary of Scotland and he'd had an affair with, to play Dallas.
- Errol Flynn and Joel McCrea were considered for Ringo.
- Ford regular Ward Bond was supposed to play Buck, but he didn't know how to drive a six up stagecoach and there wasn't enough time to teach him.
Trivia / Stagecoach