First National Pictures also released a silent version for theaters not yet wired with sound equipment.
3895 feet (about 40% of its total) was filmed in 2-strip Technicolor and consisted of two stage productions, the first running 8 minutes, and the second running 33 minutes. In the second, Bernice Claire and Alexander Gray travel to Mars in a futuristic rocket ship and dance with a chorus of Martians. These stage numbers were projected in wide screen Magnascope at its New York City premiere at the Strand Theatre.
In a separately filmed trailer, Vitaphone production reel #3240, Bernice Claire and Alexander Gray talk about the picture.
Adapted from a Broadway musical produced and directed by Harry Frazee. It opened at the Globe Theatre in New York on Sept. 16, 1925 and rang for 321 performances. Charles Winninger was in the opening night cast. Contrary to popular belief, Frazee - then owner of the Boston Red Sox - did not sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in December 1919 to finance the play.
The stage musical was revived on Broadway during a nostalgia craze in the 1970's. A new production of "No, No, Nanette", supervised by Busby Berkeley, opened on Jan. 19, 1971 at the 46th Street Theater in New York and ran for 861 performances. The opening night cast included Helen Gallagher, Jack Gilford, Ruby Keeler, Patsy Kelly, Bobby Van and Susan Watson. Martha Raye replaced Patsy Kelly during the show's run.
Vitaphone production reels #3692-3701, 3744 (reel 11/exit march), and 3745 (overture).
According to the George Eastman Museum 2015 Book "The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935" the BFI National Archive holds a 35mm incomplete nitrate print 160ft.
In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used.