- After Harry Cohn saw the success of the Gene Kelly/Rita Hayworth team in the musical Cover Girl (1944), the two were promised "Pal Joey." Sadly, it took another fifteen years for "Pal Joey" to reach the screen, and by that time Kelly was bound to MGM and Hayworth was given the role of the older woman, with Kim Novak now playing the younger woman.
- Gene Kelly got his big break in the Broadway version of Pal Joey. Columbia wanted him for the film, but he was under contract to MGM, who wouldn't let him do the film.
- In the scene where Frank Sinatra sings "The Lady is a Tramp" and then dances with Rita Hayworth, there is a moment where she is supposed to say a line. However, she appears to stop herself and smile instead. This is because she realized during the take that Sinatra had an erection, and her surprise caused her to miss the line. However, her take was considered so priceless that it was left in. You can also see Sinatra strategically using the fur coat to cover his lower body as he exits the scene.
- Billy Wilder was the original choice to direct. He discussed it with Columbia studio head Harry Cohn over lunch one day. Not only did Cohn turn down Wilder as director, Cohn later sent Wilder a bill for their lunch.
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