The fourth of nine movies made together by Warner Brothers' romantic couple Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn.

Bob's salary of $1,500 per week to return to the newspaper would be the equivalent of over $25,600 per week in 2016.

Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, and Melville Cooper worked together in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) which was also directed by Michael Curtiz.

This film presents one of the largest and most elaborate model train sets ever seen in a motion picture. In the race, Bob's locomotive is a Lionel Union Pacific M-10000 "Streamliner" (model #752E), and Dillingwell's is a Lionel New York Central "Hudson" (model #700E).

Supposedly based on the career of Ivy Ledbetter Lee (1877-1934), often called "the father of public relations", who worked for the Rockefeller family.

This film was not successful at the box office and made Jack L. Warner rethink putting Errol Flynn in non-adventure pictures. Flynn, worried about being typecast, lobbied Warner to do other films - screwball comedies in particular.

Warner Bros. borrowed Rosalind Russell from MGM for this picture.

Charles Judels was signed to a role in the film, but was not seen. Dennie Moore, credited onscreen as Buckley's Secretary, was also not seen.

William Dieterle was originally slated to direct. Edmund Goulding turned down the project before it was finally given to Michael Curtiz, who despite running 12 days over the shooting schedule, brought the film in under budget.