- Otto Preminger wanted to film on location in Chicago and South Carolina, but studio records show the movie was shot entirely on the RKO lot.
- The singing voices of Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge were dubbed by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne respectively, even though Belafonte and Dandridge were both accomplished singers.
- Joyce Bryant and 'Elizabeth Foster' also did screen tests for the role of Carmen Jones. Dorothy Dandridge did her screen test working opposite veteran actor 'James Edwards' in the role of Joe. Edwards, whose career was on the decline, was never considered for the role.
- Filming commenced on June 30, 1954 and wrapped up in early August. The soundtrack for the film was recorded at 20th Century Fox Studios on June 18, 1954.
- This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992.
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