Bette Davis didn't get on with her co-star Lucile Watson who played her mother in the film. In real life, Watson was a staunch Republican and held many opposite views to Davis.
Bette Davis fought hard with the studio about putting her name as top billing, as she knew her part was essentially a supporting role. However, this was a fight that she lost as the studio rightly figured that people would queue up to see a Bette Davis movie as opposed to a Paul Lukas one.
Paul Lukas won the very first Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
A first time film director, Herman Shumlin had to be constantly reminded that he couldn't do repeated takes of each scene as there was a war on and celluloid film had to be rationed.
Head of the Production Code Joseph Breen objected to the scene where the family are given a tour of the house, including the bathroom which initially had a clear shot of a toilet. |