- Columbia Pictures wanted to promote Rosalind Russell for an Academy Award nomination, but the actress refused to be placed in the "best supporting" category. Many felt she would have won had she cooperated.
- 'Holden, William' had to shave his chest for his role as it was considered too risque for those times.
- Kim Novak's character Madge was originated on Broadway by actress Janice Rule.
- In 1957, a marketing investigator, James Vicary, announced that for six weeks he had included subliminal messages in showings of the movie "Picnic." The messages supposedly said: "Eat Popcorn, Drink Coca-Cola." According to Vicary, the sales of this products increased from 18 to 57%. Even though his experiment led him to fame, Vicary never gave details of how he realized the experiment; and admitted in a later interview that everything was just a marketing trick.
- The last shot is apparently the first use of a helicopter shot in a feature movie. It was filmed by Haskell Wexler, who was - at that time - James Wong Howe's assistant.
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