In the opening scene, a newsboy shouts the headline, "Extra! Oregon State Invites Duke to Rose Bowl." The 1942 movie audience would recognize the opening scenes in the movie as taking place in the previous year, just *before* the Pearl Harbor attack. The 1942 Rose Bowl was especially memorable to movie audiences because it was the only game in Rose Bowl history that was not played in Pasadena, California. Following the U.S. entry into the war, it was feared that the Pasadena game would be an ideal target for the Japanese, so the game was played at Duke University in North Carolina. On January 1, 1942, Oregon State defeated Duke University, by a score of 20-16.
The film was nominated for best visual effects at the 15th Academy Awards in March 1943. However the winner was Reap the Wild Wind (1942) which featured a ship wreck and an undersea attack by a giant squid.
The scene in which Conrad Stauffer asks Arnold Schmidt to sign a document saying he was well-treated (after Conrad Stauffer's men have broken Arnold Schmidt's fingers) was parodied by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong on their 1972 album, Big Bambu.