- Humphrey Bogart was originally cast as the male lead, but dismissed after four days' filming.
- The Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 7 January 1935 and had 305 performance. The leads were played by Judith Anderson and Helen Menken. 'Ernst Lubitsh' bought rights to the play, intending to star both Anderson and Menken in a Paramount production, but Warner Bros. bought the rights from him in January 1939.
- To get the effects of aging, Bette Davis didn't wear any eye makeup or lipstick, and makeup artist Perc Westmore used a pale, ashen base on her face.
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