During the scene were Harold Lloyd's character meets Jackie the lion, on the first take when Harold pets Jackie, the lion actually bit him on his right hand. But Harold was not injured at all because the lion's teeth scraped against his two prosthetic fingers. After that, Harold refused to pet the lion ever again on or off screen, and in the second take which was used for the film, Harold's terrified squirming over the lion standing next to him is genuine.
Preston Sturges wrote this screenplay in order to entice Harold Lloyd out of retirement.
It was Howard Hughes, Preston Sturges' partner in California Pictures Corporation, who re-cut the film and retitled it "Mad Wednesday" - not Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn, as has long been believed.
The film opens with the following written foreword: "The football game you are about to see was *actually photographed* in 1923 as part of Harold Lloyd's famous picture "The Freshman": The story of a water boy who thought he was a member of the team."
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
The youngest Miss Otis' sisters are Hortense, Irma, Harriet, Margie, Claire, and Rosemary.