- The film was inspired by the life of torch singer Libby Holman, whose husband's suicide caused a scandal, and she was accused of murder.
- It was also based in part on the suicide of Jean Harlow's second husband, Paul Bern. Jean Harlow believed she was cast in the picture in a deliberate attempt to capitalize on that event, and she refused the role at first. In 'Powell, William' 's autobiography, he says he convinced her to accept the role rather than be suspended.
- Hans Steinke walked off the set when director Victor Fleming instructed Man Mountain Dean to sit on him. He was replaced by wrestler Ernie Haynes.
- After the movie was completed and shot as a straight drama, MGM decided to make it into a musical, so production was resumed.
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