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 Congressional testimony by two years.
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 and 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 Pictures figured that the property was too dated. In the mid 1950s they offered it up to Paramount Pictures as a potential vehicle for Shirley Booth, by which Paramount Pictures was tempted, hoping to lure Capra to the studio.
Kirk Douglas, Dean Martin, and Jackie Gleason all rejected the lead role before Glenn Ford approached Frank Capra with a finance deal if he agreed to cast him in the lead. Capra felt that Ford was unsuited to the part, but agreed to this arrangement, as he was desperate to get the film made.
Glenn Ford was paid three hundred thousand dollars upfront, while Frank Capra received two hundred thousand dollars. Because the film was not a success, Capra lost an additional fifty thousand dollars in deferred salary.