- The musicians who play "mood music" for Peggy Pepper during filming did the same thing in real life for actress Marion Davies.
- Studio scenes were taken at the, by then, derelict Essenay studios, where such comedy greats as Chaplin and Mabel Normand had gotten their start. Shortly after filming, the whole place was demolished.
- James Murray, who had played the lead in Crowd, The (1928), was director King Vidor's original choice for Marion Davies's love interest. Murray's alcoholism and depression made him unavailable, and William Haines was cast instead.
- Based on the career of Gloria Swanson, a popular dramatic actress who began her career in comedy.
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