- John Hay Whitney, head of the motion picture section of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, convinced 20th Century Fox to spend $40,000 for re-shooting scenes that described native customs in an slightly unfavourable light.
- Director Irving Cummings thought the dance number by the Nicholas Brothers (Fayard Nicholas and Harold Nicholas) was too long, but dance director Nick Castle (II) convinced him to leave it uncut at a test screening. The test audience cheered so much that they had to rewind the film.
- Alice Faye was set to play the role of Glenda, but fell ill and was replaced by Betty Grable. Although Grable was making films for 10 years, this was the role that made her a star. Cesar Romero contracted para-typhoid and was replaced by Leonid Kinskey.
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