The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 8 September 1920 and closed in June 1921 after 303 performances. The opening night cast included Genevieve Tobin as Pat O'Day, Douglas Wood, as Cornelius Vanderbuilt and Donald Meek.
The movie originally did not include any songs in order to emphasize Alice Faye's acting ability, but one song was added when her fans complained. However, her participation in the performance of that song was minimal.
Studio mechanics built a replica of Fulton's two-cycle engine and paddle-wheel of the Clermont, following notes in his diaries. The studio also built 3 huge sailing ships and 25 smaller boats for the production.