Preston Sturges made a cameo appearance as one of the men listening to the radio while the announcer says "...first prize of $25,000." He has a pencil behind his right ear and is the leftmost man onscreen. The scene occurs within the first three minutes of the film.
If adjusted for inflation the grand prize of $25,000 would be equivalent to $421,000 in 2014.
This film was based on a play called "A Cup of Coffee" which Preston Sturges wrote in the summer of 1931. The play also features a character named Jimmy MacDonald who works for a coffee company and enters a contest for a rival company with the slogan "If you can't sleep at night it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk." Much of the play's plot and supporting characters were changed for the film, but the dialogue between Jimmy and his girlfriend about his slogan is repeated almost verbatim. "A Cup of Coffee" was never produced in Sturges' lifetime, but it was eventually staged by the New York theater company Soho Rep in a production that opened in March of 1988, fifty-seven years after the play was written and twenty-nine years after Sturges' death.
The set to this movie was open because Sturges loved visitors to observe what he was shooting.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 26, 1944 with Dick Powell reprising his film role.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 21 November 2006 as a single as one of the Universal Cinema Classics Series and also as one of seven titles in Universal's Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection. Since that time, it's also enjoyed occasional airings on Turner Classic Movies.
Franklin Pangborn's character is named Don Hartman--a typical Sturges in-joke, as Hartman was a fellow writer on the Paramount lot.
Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.