- This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1990.
- The tagline "Garbo laughs!" came before the screenplay was written; the film was built around that single, now legendary, slogan.
- Garbo did not wear any makeup for her scenes where she is the stern envoy.
- According to published newspaper reports in the spring of 1939, Spencer Tracy was a leading contender for the role of Leon.
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