The number "Wedding of the Painted Doll", 307 feet in length, was filmed in two-color Technicolor, but survives only in black and white except for a 16-second Technicolor fragment with the beginning of the number preserved at George Eastman House. The original choreography was rejected and had to be filmed again. Rather than have a live orchestra perform the music again, the new choreography was filmed during a playback of the music, making this to be the first film sequence filmed during a playback of pre-recorded music.
The first musical to win an Academy Award for Best Picture; however, at this time, this award was given by season, not by calendar year, so, technically, the award was for Best Picture of the 1928-1929 season, which ran from September 1928 to August 1929. Other important productions of that calendar year were released between September and December 1929, and so would have been in competition the following "season" which ran from September 1929 through August 1930.
Eddie Kane starred as a big shot Broadway producer named Francis Zanfield, which is an obvious take on Broadway legend Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. While the character name Jock Warriner (played by Kenneth Thomson) was meant to sound like Jack L. Warner who was the head of Warner Bros. Studio, the main rival of MGM studio at that time.
The first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The category of Best Picture was introduced in the second annual Academy Awards in 1930, whereas the first in 1929 had two similar categories, "Best Picture, Production" (awarded to Wings (1927)) and "Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production" (awarded to Sunrise (1927)).
This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Sunday 31 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in San Francisco Sunday 22 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). Major market telecasts were otherwise few and far between at this time, because of its age, and the relative obscurity of its leading players, leading to strong sponsor resistance.
Jock Warriner played by Kenneth Thomson shows a close-up of his calling card to Queenie twice (starting at 0:50:25 on the Warner Home Video DVD, and at 1:22:36). That card has his name imprinted as Jacques Warriner. That French first name translates correctly to James, not Jack. That lessens a claim that the character name refers to studio competitor, Jack Warner.