According to Binnie Barnes, Charles Laughton was a method actor, and when Wendy Barrie giggled during a scene to the actor's aggravation, he bit her on the arm, breaking her skin, exactly as the real Henry often did when angry with his wives.
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
While he was on a tour of Europe, American professional wrestler Man Mountain Dean was hired to be Charles Laughton's uncredited stunt double. This would be the first of Dean's appearances in motion pictures.
Because of the film's modest budget, director Alexander Korda had to shoot on actual locations instead of the studio. Some sets were half-built out of necessity, so if an actor moved off his mark, the slats would show the sides.
After meeting Merle Oberon when she came to Hollywood, Rouben Mamoulian remarked about her role, " I don't think in the history of the theater or the movies, has such a small part made such a great impression."
This film inaugurated the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in New York City Sunday 11 July 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11); in Los Angeles, it received its initial television showing Sunday 19 December 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942.