MGM originally planned to have Jean Harlow star in this film.

According to Melvyn Douglas, Joan Crawford got herself to cry by listening to recordings of "None but the Lonely Heart."

This was the first film Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone made together after their marriage in 1935.

Joan Crawfordf (I)'s only period film of the sound era. It was also her biggest budgeted film up to that point, at $1,119,000.

Lionel Barrymore played U.S. President Andrew Jackson again in the 1952 western Lone Star (1952), his last film. Beulah Bondi, who plays Rachel Jackson in this movie, is also in the later film in a different role.

Many people who are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Louise Beavers (Aunt Sukey), Bert Roach (Major Domo), Oscar Apfel (Tompkins), Richard Powell (Doorman), Syd Saylor and Hooper Atchley (Agitators), Morgan Wallace (Slave Buyer), William Stack (W.R. Earle), Ward Bond (Officer) and Samuel S. Hinds (Commander). A modern source also lists Harry Holman (Auctioneer) and Harry Strang (Navigator) as cast members, but they were not seen either.

This film was successful at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $116,000 ($2.1M in 2017) according to studio records.

This film's initial telecast in Philadelphia took place Sunday 24 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City 14 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), by San Francisco 12 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and by Los Angeles 23 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11).

It has been recorded that John Randolph died of tuberculosis and was not assassinated.

The movie was based on historical events, but was inaccurate on several major points: Margaret "Peggy" O'Neill and Bow Timberlake were married in 1818. They were married for 12 years (not three months, as depicted in the film), and had three children together, two of whom lived to adulthood. In 1828 Bow Timberlake died of pulmonary disease while serving on the U.S.S. Constitution. There were unsubstantiated rumors that he had committed suicide after hearing of an affair between Peggy and Tennessee Sen. John Eaton. In fact, Timberlake and Eaton were good friends and Timberlake had asked him to take care of Peggy and his children if anything happened to him. At Andrew Jackson's suggestion, Peggy Timberlake and John Eaton were married in January 1829, only a few months after Peggy learned of her first husband's death. The "Petticoat Scandal," as it was called, resulted from Peggy's violating social standards of the day by not spending a year "in mourning" for her husband before marrying again. When Jackson's entire cabinet resigned as a result of the scandal, Eaton resigned as well. He was appointed first as governor of the Florida territory and later as U.S. Ambassador to Spain by Jackson.