Jane Wyman went on suspension rather than play the leading lady in this Kirk Douglas western.
Although many actresses were thought of for the role of Eliza Birdwell, Wyman was one of the ones who was offered it. However, she declined as she wanted to start her tv anthology show.
Jane was offered the role as brothel madame Jo Courtney, but told Rex Reed in a 1968 interview that she wouldn't play a lesbian. "Not this kid!"
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