When Eddie is looking around Ruby's apartment, waiting for his clothes to dry, he spots a pennant on the wall that says "Albany Night Boat". That refers to the steamships that would depart New York City in the early evening for an overnight trip up the Hudson River to Albany. The ships had hundreds of staterooms and were often used - as the film's contemporary audience would know - for romantic getaways or illicit affairs. The pillow Eddie sees next may also have been a souvenir from the ship as it's inscribed "We're here today/Tomorrow we're through. So let's be gay. It is up to you." Such trips peaked in the early 20th century, but started to decline in the 1930's when less costly, speedier, and more efficient modes of transportation by rail and automobile came to the fore. By the 1940's, the Albany Night Boat had virtually ceased to exist.
" Hold Your Man " was the eighth most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1933. It earned MGM a profit of $433,000 ($8.6M in 2019) according to studio records.
This film's initial telecast in Philadelphia took place Sunday 9 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 7 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 2 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). In New York City, there is no reliable documentation of its being aired at this time, although it would have been in the MGM film library then under the control of WCBS (Channel 2). This may have been as a result of sponsor resistance to its multitude of pre-code situations, very much still frowned upon in the mid to late 1950s.