Another movie where Yul Brynner has a full head of hair in a few brief scenes. Ironically, when Tony Curtis punches Yul in the abdomen (in the scene where he and Brynner are reunited after two years), Tony's hairpiece flops forward, revealing his thinning hair on the back of his head.
Yul Brynner wanted to capture the essence of Nikolai Gogol's novel in the film. By the time it reached the screen, it was dismissed as just another routine action picture in Cossack clothing--the very thing Brynner had hoped to avoid. According to his son, his father never again invested much, if any, of himself in his remaining screen work.