The precision tap dance performed by Jack Haley, Alice Faye, and Shirley Temple required endless takes. Although Haley, Faye, and Temple were all excellent tap dancers, they found it extremely difficult to stay in sync for such a long and complicated number.
According to an article by Frederick Othman from January 10, 1940, this film marked a major break for Geneva Sawyer who was working as a dancer in this film. Bill Robinson noticed her ability and recommended her as a dance teacher for Shirley Temple. Sawyer went on to become a prominent choreographer and dance instructor to the stars in Hollywood.
The play, "The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates, opened in New York at the Hudson Theater on 21 January 1913 and closed in June 1913 after 160 performances. Besides Viola Dana in the starring role, the opening night cast included Alan Hale. The play is based on Gates' novel published in 1912.