- The film originally began with a musical number, "It's Not in the Cards," which was cut due the film's length and because the number was judged as not very good. Only a bit remains in the final version. The music is also used in the background during the first few scenes.
- The shadow dance idea for "Bojangles of Harlem" occurred to choreographer Hermes Pan and Fred Astaire during rehearsals, when three different light sources illuminating Astaire produced three shadows.
- The climax of "Never Gonna Dance" took 47 takes in a single day and required many demanding spins of Ginger Rogers; her feet bled.
- In "The Way You Look Tonight", Rogers is seen to be washing her hair. The crew dried various soaps, shampoos, and even egg white, but it always ran down her face too quickly. They achieved success with whipped cream.
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