- Filmed as a silent, with some of the scenes later reshot with dialogue and songs. For the premiere, a 18 minute prologue was added, featuring members of the original Broadway cast: 'Morgan, Helen' (Julie), Jules Bledsoe (Joe) and Tess Gardella (Queenie). The prologue's soundtrack exists, but some parts of the film are missing. Please check your attic.
- Laura La Plante's singing was dubbed by Eva Olivotti.
- Update: some of the "lost" footage of the prologue has been found, both sound and picture, and this includes footage apparently not included in Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) edition of the film. Some of this once-lost footage is included in "A&E Biography"'s episode "Great Ziegfeld". The discovered footage includes Jules Bledsoe singing "Ol' Man River" with the Jubilee Singers in full costume. Also featured on this "Biography" episode were scenes of Tess Gardella singing "C'mon Folks" and 'Morgan, Helen' singing "Bill." All of these scenes survive in only faintly tolerable sound and picture quality, but at least they survive.
- The "miscegenation" sequence, so important to the novel, the stage musical, the two later film versions, and the 1989 television remake, was considered too controversial to retain in this film.
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