The film proved to be a complete failure on release, both critically and commercially. Clark Gable was annoyed by the comparisons with Gone with the Wind (1939) and instructed his agent, "If it doesn't suit an old geezer with false teeth, forget about it." He also decided to part company with Raoul Walsh, previously one of his favorite directors.
The five thousand dollars that Hamish Bond (Clark Gable) pays to buy Amantha Starr (Yvonne de Carlo) at a slave auction would be worth close to one hundred fifty-two thousand dollars in 2018.
As a result of her great success with The Ten Commandments (1956), Yvonne De Carlo was offered the female leads in two Warner Brothers films: The Helen Morgan Story (1957) and this movie. She chose this movie after learning that Clark Gable, one of her favorite actors, would be her co-star.
During filming, Clark Gable was disappointed when the U.S. government sided with the Soviet Union in the Suez Crisis.
In her 1987 autobiography, Yvonne De Carlo wrote: "Band of Angels made money, but it was not the hit we all hoped it would be. It was said that the timing wasn't right to deal with racial issues."
In the pilot for 77 Sunset Strip (1958) "Girl on the Run", co-star Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. goes to the theater to see this movie.
At approximately 1:35 Maj.Gen. Benjamin Butler issues his infamous General Orders #28, historically accurate. The Confederates in New Orleans despised Butler.