According to the Bette Davis biography, 'Fasten Your Seatbelts', the actress was furious when she read a Glenn Ford interview in which the actor claimed to have gotten her the part because of the boost she had given him years before in A Stolen Life (1946). Davis is quoted as saying, "Who is that son of a bitch that he should say he helped me have a comeback! That shitheel wouldn't have helped me out of a sewer!"
This film contains perhaps the earliest Hollywood use of "godfather" as a synonym for mob boss. Some experts cite mob informer Joe Valachi as the originator of the term in the popular vernacular, but this film predates his 1963 congressional testimony by a couple of years.
When Judge Henry G. Blake (Thomas Mitchell) is on the phone rounding up people to portray society folk, he asks for Harry the Horse. Sheldon Leonard, playing Steve Darcey in this film, played Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (1955).
Hope Lange got the part of Queenie Martin, Dave the Dude's girlfriend. largely on the basis of her being the off-screen girlfriend of co-producer/star Glenn Ford. This angered Frank Capra so much that he stopped directing. However, in Capra's Lady for a Day (1933), the part of Dave the Dude's girlfriend, here called Missouri Martin, was played by Glenda Farrell, who was borrowed from Warner Brothers at least partially because she was then girlfriend of screenwriter Robert Riskin.
Frank Capra had long wanted to remake his Lady for a Day (1933) but Columbia figured that the property was too dated. In the mid-1950s they offered it up to Paramount as a potential vehicle for Shirley Booth which Paramount was tempted by, hoping to lure Capra to the studio.