The musical number Kate rehearses for the amateur show ("Any Way The Wind Blows," music by Marilyn Hooven and Joseph Hooven, lyrics by 'By' Dunham) had been written for the previous year's Doris Day movie, Pillow Talk (1959). The song title was, for a while, even the working title of that film.
Beginning her feature-film career portraying Katharine Hepburn's mother in Little Women (1933), Spring Byington closed her movie years playing Doris Day's mother in this film. She would go on to work in television, most notably as Aunt Daisy Cooper on Laramie (1959).
Based on the best-selling autobiographical book of the same name, written by Jean Kerr, wife of powerful New York theatre critic Walter Kerr. For this film adaptation, characters' names were changed, but the bulk of the comic incidents seen here are from Kerr's memoir.
Charles Herbert, playing one of the children, claimed that Doris Day only spoke three words to him throughout the filming.
During an argument with her husband, Kate, played by Doris Day, facetiously claims that she had a "rendezvous with Rock Hudson." Day's previous film had been the very successful Pillow Talk (1959) which starred Hudson as her romantic interest. Day and Hudson would eventually become a famous, on-screen, romantic pairing and would appear in a total of three romantic comedies together.
When the MacKays are in the taxi going to his first play as a critic, they pass the Winter Garden Theatre at 1634 Broadway where the musical "As the Girls Go" is playing. That show ran from November 1948 to July 1949 - meaning the rear-projection film being used in that scene was over ten years old.
Stanley Livingston, cast here as the blond middle son of Doris Day and David Niven, would later play the pivotal role of "Chip," one of Fed McMurray's children, in 380 episodes of the long-running sitcom My Three Sons.
In an early example of product placement, Quaker Oats is featured prominently in the film due to a cross promotion with the producers. In a national ad campaign, Quaker offered children under 12 free admission to the movie if accompanied by an adult. Each "specially marked" box of Quaker Oats contained an "MGM ticket" good for one child's admission when accompanied by someone over the age of 12 paying adult admission prices. The April 18, 1960 issue of Life magazine features a full page ad (page 18) on the promotion, and can be found on Google Books.
After Doris Day and Janis Paige first had worked together in Romance on the High Seas (1948), Miss Paige had triumphed on Broadway as the feisty union official, Babe Williams, in the Tony Award-winning musical of 1954, "The Pajama Game." When Warner Bros., the former home lot of Janis and Doris, recast Babe Williams for the delightful 1957 film version, Babe then turned into - Doris Day!
This was one of several projects in which a character played by Doris Day performs Day's "signature song," the 1956 Oscar winning tune from The Man Who Knew Too Much. Here she sings a verse from "Que Sera Sera" to David Niven in an Italian restaurant. In The Glass Bottom Boat, she sings it to her dad, played by Arthur Godfrey. It would later also serve as the theme music to her CBS sitcom, The Doris Day Show.
This same source material was later the basis of a sitcom with the same title that ran for two seasons on NBC in the mid-60s.
This film was a hit at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $1,842,000 ($15.7M in 2018) according to studio records.
Kate tells her kids not to make it, "a night to remember." This is a reference to a film that came out two years earlier - a disaster film about the sinking of the Titanic.
Charles Herbert, who plays the nose-picking oldest son of Doris Day and David Novena in this film, was one of the busiest child actors of the late 50s and early 60s, and had featured roles in such high profile movies as The 5 Pennies, The Fly, Houseboat and William Castle's 13 Ghosts.