The first scene filmed was the sequence of disastrous events befalling Jabez and his family. Many takes were needed because the piglet used in the scene would not stop squealing loudly. Finally, a prop man suggested massaging the animal's scrotum, which did the trick. The pig became calm enough for the scene to be completed. See more
Shortly after filming had begun, Thomas Mitchell
fractured his skull and was replaced by 'Edward Arnold'. Not many scenes had been shot, none were re-shot, so Mitchell is still visible in some scenes. See more
Gentlemen of the jury, tonight it is my privilege to address a group of men I've long been acquainted with in song and story, but men I had never hoped to see. My worthy opponent, Mister Scratch, called you Americans all. Mister Scratch is right. You were Americans all. Oh, what a heritage you were born to share. Gentlemen of the jury, I envy you, for you were present at the birth of a mighty union. It was given to you to hear those first cries of pain and behold the shining babe, born of blood...