This movie stars two people who graduated from MGM work. One is, of course, Taylor who'd been a child and teen star at MGM, attending studio schools with Judy Garland and making hit films such as National Velvet, a remake of Little Women and Father of the Bride. As a superstar adult, the first of her two Best Actress Oscar wins would come for MGM's Butterfield 8. Chill Wills had two Judy Garland musicals on his resumé. He did Meet Me in St. Louis and The Harvey Girls. The big, brawny guy with a recognizable drawl was a stand out supporting actor in musical comedies, non-musical comedies, westerns and dramas like Leave Her To Heaven and The Yearling. Vincente Minnelli had him grace the Meet Me in St. Louis opening scenes with little Margaret O'Brien.
Think of the emotions and feelings Jack Twist (as played by Jake Gyllenhaal) expressed in the movie Brokeback Mountain. Uncle Bawley might have understood, might have had those same feelings. Chill Wills' understated performance and his big sweet bear of a character are worth another look. I love this film.
If you've never seen A Place in the Sun (1951), Shane (1953) and Giant (1956), I highly recommend that you experience all three. They truly are works of cinematic art directed by George Stevens. What they say about class, race, the underprivileged and gun ownership in America is still relevant.