Completely Different Title: In Russia, the film is titled "V dzhaze tolko devushki," literally "In Jazz, There Are Only Girls," or poetically and figuratively "Only Girls Are Allowed In Jazz", thought by some to be a much more appropriate title.
Cut Song: Marilyn Monroe recorded a vocal version for the theme to the film. It was to be played over the opening credits, but an instrumental overture took its place in the final version. The title track later appeared on an LP in the mid-'70s, with Marilyn's three other songs from the film.
Deleted Scene: The lack of audience laughter during the first test screening prompted Billy Wilder to shorten the train ride from Chicago to Miami by 60 seconds. First, he trimmed the conversation Sugar and Josephine share in the bathroom: originally, Sugar told Josephine that she has trouble falling asleep in the berth above a snoring Beinstock, so she and Josephine agree to trade berths with each other. Next, he removed the payoff of this trade: Daphne mistakes a sleeping Josephine for Sugar, and grabs "her" while admitting that he's really a man. Joe/Josephine threatens to punch Jerry/Daphne, but the latter asks, "You wouldn't hit a girl, would you?" With the pacing increased, the movie met nonstop laughter at its next test screening.
Hide Your Pregnancy: Marilyn Monroe was pregnant during the filming, as a result she looked considerably heavier. Most of the publicity still photos were posed for by both Sandra Warner (who had an uncredited role as one of the band members) and Monroe's frequent stand-in Evelyn Moriarty with Monroe's head superimposed later.
Recycled: The Series: A pilot for a prospective TV adaptation, starring Vic Damone and Tina Louise (and featuring Curtis and Lemmon in a cameo), was shot in 1961 but wasn't broadcast.
According to some, the final line of the film was supposed to be "I know," but the censors wouldn't let it pass. The DVD bonus features deny this tale.
Marilyn Monroe wanted the movie to be shot in color (her contract stipulated that all her films were to be in color), but Billy Wilder convinced her to let it be shot in black and white when costume tests revealed that the makeup that Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon wore gave their faces a green tinge.
Creator/Jerry Lewis was offered the role of Jerry/Daphne but declined because he didn't want to dress in drag. When Lemmon received an Oscar nominatio for the role that Lewis gave up, Lewis claims he sent him chocolates every year to thank him and now regrets not taking the part.