One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Chicago Saturday 15 August 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 27 May 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series.
Ronald Colman was a frequent guest on Jack Benny's radio show, where he was supposedly Jack's next-door neighbor in Beverly Hills. A 1946 broadcast had Colman rehearsing his recital of the poem, "If I Were King," only to find himself being drowned out by Jack's violin playing from next door.
This film marked the second Oscar nomination that art director Hans Dreier received for working on the same story. He had been nominated for working on the 1930 film The Vagabond King (1930), which was a musical version of "If I Were King".