Warner Brothers announced in 1929 that it was going to film this entirely in Two-Strip Technicolor. The Technicolor company immediately said that not enough cameras were available for use, so two sequences, involving Winnie Lightner in part one and part two were shot in black and white; the rest of the film was shot in 2-strip Technicolor. In the mid-1950s, Warner Bros. printed a black and white copy from its Technicolor studio vault print for television use and later discarded the original. The surviving sound on film version reveals the left side has been cropped off to accommodate the sound track which was added to the original sound on disc version, but the image has not been correctly re-centered.
According to the original review published in 'Variety' 27 November 1929, only 21 minutes of the total running time were not in Technicolor, a 17 minute section of Part One, and a four minute opening of Part Two.
The film contains John Barrymore's only screen appearance as Richard III, one of his greatest stage successes. However, the excerpt is not from the play "Richard III", but from William Shakespeare's "Henry VI: Part III", a "prequel" to "Richard III" in which he also appears.