- Originally bought by Fox as a vehicle for Betty Grable, however, after the success of Niagara (1953) (which featured Marilyn Monroe), however the studio believed they had a more potent and far less expensive sex symbol than Grable (who was earning around $150,000 per picture vs. Monroe's $18,000). Monroe kept insisting on retakes despite approval of takes by the director. When Fox asked director Howard Hawks how production could be sped up he retorted: "three wonderful ideas: Replace Marilyn, rewrite the script and make it shorter, and get a new director."
- Monroe wears a gold lame evening dress previously worn by Ginger Rogers in Dreamboat (1952).
- In the "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love" sequence, Jane Russell's fall into the pool was an accident. When Hawks saw the dailies, he kept it in the film.
- At least one other number was shot, then cut. In the original theatrical trailer, Jane and Marilyn were shown among dancers, climbing the steps of a slide in a children's playground. The song was probably "Sunshine, Sunshine" from the Broadway score, which celebrated a bright day in a park. Marilyn and Jane wear the costumes when Tommy Noonan corners them backstage in the French nightclub.
- A song written for Marilyn to sing in this picture, "Down Boy", was rejected, but later sung by Betty Grable in "Three For the Show".
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