- This was Orson Welles' favorite movie of all time.
- Charles Chaplin reshot the scene in which the Little Tramp buys a flower from the blind flower-girl 342 times, as he could not find a satisfactory way of showing that the blind flower-girl thought that the mute tramp was wealthy.
- Towards the end of filming, director Charles Chaplin fired leading lady Virginia Cherill when she arrived late to shoot a scene. Chaplin then planned to reshoot all of Cherill's scenes using Georgia Hale, his leading lady from Gold Rush, The (1925). He shot some of the end scenes using Hale, but soon realised the cost of reshooting all the scenes would bankrupt the movie, and so rehired Virginia Cherill... after she had negotiated a 100% pay rise.
- The famous Flower Girl theme was written by Jose Padilla.
- Chaplin's first film made during the sound era. He faced extreme pressure to make the film as a talkie, but such was his popularity and power in Hollywood that Chaplin was able to complete and release City Lights as a silent (albeit with recorded music) at a time when the rest of the American motion picture industry had converted to sound.
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