- Metro Goldwyn Mayer's first sound picture, White Shadows in the South Seas was premiered in Hollywood at Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater on Friday, 3 Aug 1928.
- The movie was preceded by an exotic prologue "The Tropics" which starred Kenneth Olds, the most famous of all male Hawaiian dancers, and The Brox Sisters from the Ziegfeld Follies. It featured Samoan chieftains, 100 native dancers and instrumentalists of the South Seas Isles who were brought to Hollywood especially for the presentation, and a "Gigantaphone", the largest Victrola in the world. "The Tropics" ran nightly for the duration of the film's engagement.
- Because there were no sound facilities in Hollywood, Douglas Shearer took the completed silent film to New Jersey, where he added a synchronized music score and sound effects.
- This was the first movie in which Leo the MGM lion, roared during the introduction.
- First feature where the MGM lion's roar is heard.
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