At the time, most Warner Brothers A features had a 30 day shooting schedule. Mr. Skeffington took 110 days. When Jack Warner sent the Epstein Twins a note inquiring why the picture was behind schedule, their tersely humorous reply was, "Bette Davis is a slow director."
In the film, Job Skeffington is sent to fight in WWI under the rank of Captain. Claude Rains actually did fight in WWI under the London Scottish Regiment and by the time the war was over he had risen from the rank of Private to that of Captain.
Bette Davis' final Oscar-nominated performance while under contract with Warner Brothers.
As told by Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies, Bette Davis so loved working with Claude Rains that she championed his taking on the role of Mr. Skeffington and was so insistent, she got her way.
The ship Mr Skeffington and his daughter take to Europe appears to be the United States Lines' SS Leviathan.
The Epstein Twins, who co-authored the screenplay, changed the characters' nationality from British to American.
In the original novel the title character of Skeffington never actually appeared. The film's screenwriters, the Epstein Twins, changed that.
The character of Fanny is said to have been partly based on the actress Fannie Ward, a silent screen star who in her 40s was still playing young woman. She was still playing young women at age 50 but retired from the screen soon thereafter.
Bette Davis was not the first choice for the role of Fanny. The part was first offered first to Merle Oberon and then to Hedy Lamarr who both turned it down.
John Huston and Edmund Goulding tried their hands earlier at adapting the story to the screen, but their efforts were discarded.
Lux Radio Theater broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 1, 1945, with Bette Davis reprising her film role.
'Paul Henried', Paul Lukas, and John Loder were considered for the title role prior to Claude Rains being cast.
This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 9 October 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2) and in Albuquerque Thursday 11 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7); it first aired in Bloomington IN Friday 9 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in both Boston and Cincinnati Saturday 8 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4) and on WKRC (Channel 12), and in San Francisco Sunday 6 January 1957 on KPIX (Channel 5), where it was mercilessly cut to 72 minutes in order to fit into a 90 minute time slot heavily laced with commercial interruptions.