A Bluebird Production. Universal, lacking its own theater chain, devised a 3-tiered branding system to market its features to independent theater owners: Red Feather (low-budget programmers), Bluebird (mainstream releases), and Jewel (prestige pictures made to command higher roadshow ticket prices). The studio discontinued this marketing method in late 1929.
A deteriorated copy of the film was discovered at EYE Film Instituut Nederland in 2008.
Lina Basquette's father, Frank Baskette, committed suicide at age 36 during the making of this film. Lina was given one day off to attend his funeral.
Lina Basquette recalled clashing with director Lois Weber during the making of this film and noted that her own troubled family life probably contributed to both the discordance on set and to her own lackluster acting. In her 1990 autobiography, she wrote: "I contributed a wooden, awkward, awful performance. I hated Lois Weber. She was female and looked a lot like Mama. No matter how hard she tried, Madam Weber couldn't drag a good scene out of me. "
The film came out on June 26th, 1916 to critical and public acclaim, becoming Universal's most-booked Bluebird production that year.
According to the American Film Institute, the following title cards precede the film: "This film has been endorsed by the National Council of Public Morals as a follow-up to the highly acclaimed film 'Where Are My Children?'"; "If only mothers had the courage to speak directly to their daughters, this would never happen". This introduction was not seen in Milestone restoration telecast by Turner Classic Movies 17 May 2020.
The $3.00 for Eva's new shoes would be all that she would have to pay as there was no sales tax in any state at the time. The first state to enact a sales tax was West Virginia in 1922. California did not follow until 1933, and at only 2.5%.
According to a contemporary article in Moving Picture Weekly, Universal moved the contents of a five and ten cent store to the studio's store set. The Meyer's home set was dressed with furniture purchased from local families in the same socioeconomic status, and real corned beef and cabbage was cooked on a working stove on the set for atmosphere.
Based on the short story "Shoes" by Stella Wynne Herron that was published in the 1 January 1916 edition of Collier's magazine.
On the table by the father's bed, besides the pail of beer, is the book "Black Bear's Defi; or Dick Drew Against the Missisauges" by Bob Walworth, published in May 1910 by the Arthur Westbrook Publishing Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The cover price was five cents for 64 pages, and was the 8th of 20 books in the "Amercian Indian" series from the publisher that year.