- Early casting considerations for the role of Nellie Forbush included 'Day, Doris' , Audrey Hepburn, and 'Taylor, Elizabeth' .
- Concerned that the film's lush tropical settings would appear unnatural in Technicolor, Director Joshua Logan hoped to soften the effect by filming several scenes through colored filters.
- Juanita Hall, who played Bloody Mary in the original Broadway production, sang her own songs onstage, but was dubbed in the film version at the request of composer 'Rodgers, Richard' . The filmmakers (i.e., Rodgers and musical director Alfred Newman) brought in Muriel Smith (who played the Bloody Mary role in London).
- Partially restores the song "Loneliness of Evening," which had been deleted from the stage version. The lyrics turn up in the form of a poem sent by Emile de Becque to Nellie Forbush. (The full song was used in the 1965 television adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965) (TV).)
- Joshua Logan considered virtually every top actress of the day for the role of Nellie Forbush, including Elizabeth Taylor, 'Doris Day' , Audrey Hepburn and even Ginger Rogers.
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