- Fred Astaire was first offered the leading role but turned it down.
- James Cagney reprised his role as George M. Cohan in Seven Little Foys, The (1955).
- This was the very first black and white movie to be colorized using a controversial computer-applied process. Despite widespread opposition to the practice by many film aficionados, stars and directors, the movie won over a sizeable section of the public on its re-release.
- Many facts were changed or ignored to add to the feel of the movie. For example, the real George M. Cohan was married twice, and neither woman was named "Mary".
- The movie deviated so far from the truth that, following the premiere, Cohan commented, "It was a good movie. Who was it about?"
- James Cagney was eleven years older than his screen mother Rosemary DeCamp
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