- The character of Peter Coffin, the innkeeper, played by Joseph Tomelty, was dubbed by director 'Huston, John' .
- The fake white whale used in the film kept sinking, breaking, etc., which meant that it had to be continuously rebuilt, leading to budget overruns and schedule delays.
- John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before Warner agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay. Warner only agreed on the condition that a big name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was miscast, and Peck himself actually thought 'Huston, John' would have been the best choice for the role.
- Ray Bradbury's "Green Shadows, White Whale" is a semi-fictional account of his writing of the screenplay.
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