This film marked Joan Crawford's return to MGM after a ten year absence. She was previously under contract to MGM from 1925-1943.

Joan Crawford was given complete freedom, without guidance or supervision, to develop her own make-up, hair and costumes for the film.

In the song-and-dance number "Two-Faced Woman" (music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Howard Dietz), Joan Crawford performs in blackface. Crawford's singing voice was dubbed by India Adams, whose pre-recording was originally intended for Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon (1953). The song-and-dance performance by Charisse - with Oscar Levant on piano - was dropped from the film. However, the footage appears on the DVD release from Warner Home Video. In That's Entertainment! III (1994), the Charisse and Crawford versions are compared via split screen.

In her mother's apartment, Jenny Stewart - played by Joan Crawford - listens as the phonograph plays one of her greatest hits: "Tenderly" (music by Walter Gross, lyrics by Jack Lawrence), which, in reality, was a huge hit for Rosemary Clooney, via her 1952 Columbia single. As Jenny's platter spins, the voice of India Adams is heard, while Jenny reminisces about her early show business career to her mother, played by Marjorie Rambeau). In Crawford's own singing voice, she offers phrases of the classic ballad while the record plays.

The music used for the opening dance sequence between Joan Crawford and Chuck Walters is recycled from the previous MGM film Royal Wedding (1951). It was Fred Astaire's dance music for "You're All the World to Me".

The film marks the first of two times Maidie Norman played someone who works for Joan Crawford. The second time was nine years later in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

MGM's ad campaign for the film erroneously boasted that this was moviegoers' first chance to see Joan Crawford in Technicolor. However, Crawford had appeared in a Technicolor sequence in MGM's The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939), released some 14 years earlier.

"Torch Song" was filmed in only 24 days.

M-G-M originally planned to have Lana Turner star in this movie.