A major point in the film is that Johnny Cabot (Bing Crosby) is colorblind. This was true in real life. "He will think something is a beautiful blue," his wife once explained, "and it will turn out to be a bilious green." His loud clothing was the butt of many jokes, especially by Bob Hope.
A sprightly mock-gospel number, the 1945 Oscar-nominated "Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate the Positive" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer) was represented on the "Billboard" singles chart by a couple of second-place finishers: one 78 via Decca Records by Bing Crosby, teamed with The Andrews Sisters (who did not appear in the picture), plus another 78 on Capitol from singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer, supported by The Pied Pipers (who were not featured in the movie).