Norma Shearer met Janet Leigh for the first time during production of this film. Shearer was responsible for Leigh's blossoming career because she discovered Leigh from a photograph at a ski lodge. Because of her advice and support, Leigh called Shearer her very own fairy godmother.
Said on TCM that Van Johnson was responsible for her stage name. He suggested she shorten her first name to Janet; and he though that since the film they were doing was a civil war drama; lee would go well. But then he suggested she spell it Leigh. She was concerned there might a problem with confusion with Vivian Leigh; but then Van Johnson reminded her of Van Heflin. He said "there's two Van's and it hasn't hurt either of us".
This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Wednesday 7 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Monday 12 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Friday 22 February 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 6 June 1959 on KGO (Channel 7).