Did You Know?
In one climactic scene in the film, Santussa (Baby Peggy
) escapes from a burning room. According to Diana Serra Cary, who describes the shoot in her autobiography, Santussa's on-screen panic was real. When the scene was filmed, all of the windows and doors to the room set were accidentally ignited, including the one that was to have been her escape route. Without a safe exit, and without guidance from the director and her father on the other side of the camera, the 3-1/2-year-old was forced to carefully climb over a burning windowsill to leave the set. See more
When the crowd of gangsters flood into the entrance level of the hotel at the end of the film, one of the "columns" is knocked over, and topples easily, revealing it not to be connected to the interior structure of the building. See more