- Awesome Music: The score by Dimitri Tiomkin is simply amazing.
- Director Displacement: Producer David O. Selznick over credited director King Vidor.
- Moral Event Horizon: Lewt crosses this when he guns down Sam Pierce and derails a train.
- No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: After moralists and wags in the press dubbed the movie "Lust in the Dust" because of its problems getting approval under The Hays Code, producer David O. Selznick employed the strategy Howard Hughes used when The Outlaw ran into similar trouble with censors by using the controversy about the movie's allegedly salacious content in its promotional campaign.note
- So Bad, It's Good: With the exception of people like Martin Scorsese, this movie is regarded as an overwrought mess by most film critics and historians. Still, it has attracted a devoted cadre of fans who love it for its excessively melodramatic style, over-the-top performances, dated views on race and sexuality, now-questionable casting choices, and overly florid dialogue.
- Theiss Titillation Theory: Regarding Jennifer Jones, natch. One of Pearl's dresses in particular at one point is only hanging on for dear life on one of her shoulders.◊
- Values Dissonance: The Hays Code prohibited interracial relationships on screen, hence Pearl's death.
YMMV / Duel in the Sun