- The original play opened in New York on 11 November 1935.
- Joan Crawford was originally assigned the role of Katie O'Shea but left before shooting began because of differences with director John M. Stahl. She switched roles with Myrna Loy, who had been assigned to Last of Mrs. Cheyney, The (1937).
- The film lost $637,000 at the box office and is considered by many to be the worst flop in Clark Gable's and Myrna Loy's distinguished careers.
- To get Gable and Loy in the mood for the sad ending of the movie, the director put on sad music over and over again. Gable complained to then-girlfriend 'Carole Lombard' and the next day instead of the regular music a jazzy version of "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You" started playing.
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