- 'Kelly, Gene' screened Red Shoes, The (1948) for the MGM executives to persuade them to back a dance film.
- Cyd Charisse discovered that she was pregnant during pre-production and was replaced by Leslie Caron.
- This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1993.
- After Arthur Freed and Ira Gershwin reached an agreement during their weekly pool game, film rights to George Gershwin's "An American in Paris - A Tone Poem for Orchestra" were purchased for $158,750, and Ira received $56,250 as a consultant to write any necessary new lyrics for songs used.
- Alan Jay Lerner began writing the screenplay in December 1949, and finished it in a 12-hour stretch in March 1949 on the night before his wedding.
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