"I Was Faithful" was the film's working title and ironically became its reissue title in the 40s.
The title comes from the 1894 poem "Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae" (a quotation from Book IV of Horace's Odes) by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) in which the narrator tells his former lover, Cynara, of his attempts to forget her. The poem's refrain "I have been faithful to thee Cynara! in my fashion." is shown as frontispiece to the film.