- AFI's 10 Top 10:
- #9 Western.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: That famous Catch Phrase "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.
- 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:
Trivia / Stagecoach