- The role of the title character was offered as compensation to Bette Davis - her first major film role - when she lost the opportunity to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).
- The "red" dress in this black and white film was actually black.
- Has been called a black-and-white version of "Gone with the Wind" which was in its pre-production stages at the time.
- Some scenes had to filmed around Henry Fonda, as he had to be with his wife as she gave birth to their daughter Jane Fonda).
- Originally a flop play on Broadway starring Davis's nemesis Miriam Hopkins. Hopkins assumed she was contractually set to star in the film adaptation, but the contract only specified she would be "considered" for the film version.
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