- 'Rooney, Mickey' broke his leg during filming, and was wheeled around behind bushes on a bicycle during filming.
- Gloria Stuart was cast as Hermia, but when she fell ill, the part went to her understudy, Olivia de Havilland.
- William Dieterle had full charge as director for about a week because of a breach-of-contract suit filed against Max Reinhardt by a French film company. The judge found in favor of Reinhardt, and lifted the restraining order.
- The movie was banned in Germany by the Nazi government because Reinhardt and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy were Jews and considered undesirable.
- When the forest that Reinhardt designed could not be lit properly, cinematographer Hal Mohr thinned them slightly, sprayed them with aluminum paint and covered them with cobwebs and tiny metal particles to reflect the light. As a result, he became the first write-in winner of an Academy Award.
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