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Director Fritz Lang had originally planned to call this film "Chuck-a-Luck". However, studio head Howard Hughes insisted that its name be changed to "Rancho Notorious", and when Lang asked why, he was told that it was because non-Americans (Europeans) wouldn't understand what "Chuck-a-Luck" (a gambling game commonly played in saloons in the Southwest) meant. Lang replied, "Well, it's a good thing that they all know what 'Rancho Notorious' (which has nothing to do with anything in the film) means!"
There's nothing like that to make a man feel agreeable.
Beth Forbes: Especially in the middle of the day. Why'd you come in town?
Vern Haskell: To kiss you.
When Haskell and Fairmont are in the cell and talking about gambling. One of them refers to a Chuk-a-Luck "Wheel". There is no wheel in Chuk-a-Luck. Chuk-a-Luck is a dice game, it's played with three dice usually contained in an hour-glass shaped rotatable cage. Bets are placed as to what number will come up on gaming table.