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