- One of MGM mogul Irving Thalberg's personal projects, Maytime originally began filming in Technicolor, with Paul Lukas as Nikolai Nazaroff. When Thalberg died production was halted. When it was able to resume, black and white was selected as a more economical format. Lukas was no longer available so Barrymore took over his role.
- The original operetta opened on Broadway in New York on 16 August 1917. It was so popular a second production was added to run simultaneously.
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