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Laura Hope Crews played the part of Mrs. Phelps on stage, and John Cromwell directed the original Broadway production. According to reviews, the film script toned down the more overtly sexual aspects of the play. Background shots for the production were taken in Wrightwood, CA, according to International Photographer. Joel McCrea and Frances Dee, who was borrowed from Paramount, appeared together for the first time in The Silver Cord and married shortly after the production; they remained married until McCrea's death in 1990. George Meeker was identified in a production still from the picture, but does not appear in the released film.