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  • Actor Allusion:
    • When the mayor tells him he's through, Walter replies, "Listen, the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach, just a week before he cut his own throat." Archie Leach was Cary Grant's real name.
    • Walter Burns yells at the escaped killer, Earl Williams, hiding in the roll-top desk, "Get back in there, you Mock Turtle!" Grant previously played the Mock Turtle in the 1933 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
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    • And Ralph Bellamy's character is described as looking like Ralph Bellamy.
  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Laughs: #19.
  • Gender Flip: Hildy Johnson was a man in the original play. During auditions, Howard Hawks's secretary read reporter his lines and Hawks liked the way the dialogue sounded coming from a woman, resulting in the script being rewritten to make Hildy female and the ex-wife of Walter Burns.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Howard Hawks encouraged spontaneity and ad-libbing. Rosalind Russell thought, while shooting, that she didn't have as many good lines as Cary Grant had, so she hired an advertisement writer through her brother-in-law and had him write more clever lines for the dialog. Since Howard Hawks allowed for spontaneity and ad-libbing, he, and many of the cast and crew didn't notice it, but Grant knew she was up to something, leading him to greet her every morning: "What have you got today?"
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    • According to Ralph Bellamy, Cary Grant ad-libbed the scene where describes Bruce Baldwin as looking like Ralph Bellamy.
  • What Could Have Been:
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  • Working Title: The Bigger They Are.
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