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 hair piece flops forward, revealing his thinning hair on the back of his head.
Yul Brynner wanted to capture the essence of 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 he had hoped to avoid. According to Brynner's son, his father never again invested much, if any, of himself in his remaining screen work.