About the Role of Juan Gallardo
The role of Juan Gallardo was originally made famous by Rudolph Valentino, in a silent film version. There was risk of another actor falling short in comparison to Valentino, who had become a star with the role. Because of
the previous year's very successful remake of another classic silent film, The Mark of Zorro, Darryl F. Zanuck correctly believed that Ty Power could successfully follow in Valentino's footsteps. He cast him in the role and re-teamed him with Zorro's director, Rouben Mamoulian. Blood and Sand was a huge hit at the time and remains a favorite classic among his fans.
About the Role of Carmen Espinosa
Linda Darnell took the role of Juan's devoted
wife, Carmen. This was her fourth, and last, screen appearance with Tyrone Power. She had previously appeared with him in Day-Time Wife, Brigham Young, and The Mark of Zorro. Ty and Linda, a very popular screen couple, had wonderful chemistry together. Linda Darnell was perfectly cast as Juan's "one true one".
About the Casting of Dõna Sol
Carole Landis was offered the role of Dõna Sol, but she lost the role when she refused to die her hair red for the part.
About Other Cast Members
John Carradine, who appeared in several Tyrone Power movies, assumed the sympathetic role of Juan's friend, Nacional.