Fred Astaire had sung "They Can't Take That Away from Me" to Ginger Rogers previously in Shall We Dance (1937), but they had never danced to it. Rogers suggested that they use the song again (this time dancing), and so it was included.
Originally planned to star Fred Astaire and Judy Garland after their success together in Easter Parade (1948), but when Garland's addiction to over-the-counter drugs spiraled out of control, producer Arthur Freed replaced her with Ginger Rogers. The original title of the film was supposed to be "You Made Me Love You", after a hit song of Garland's.
Mahlon Hamilton made an uncredited appearance as a doorman. He had been making movies for decades, and in 1919 starred as Jarvis Pendelton in Daddy-Long-Legs (1919). Six years after this film Fred Astaire went on to play the same role.
This film was first telecast in Los Angeles on KTTV 15 February 1957, in New York City on WCBS 5 February 1958, and in San Francisco on KGO-TV 29 November 1958. At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later.