- Focus Group Ending / Executive Meddling: After some test screenings, it was reported that the ending was unpopular and needed to be reshot. Supposedly, the women of the audience wanted to see Tess taken down a peg, as they found her too intimidating. However, Ring Lardner suspected that it was really the director and studio executives who wanted to make the change. He and Michael Kanin kept as much of the original ending as they could, arguably retaining the most important parts of it.
- One-Book Author: The is the only film credit of George Kezas, who plays the little Greek war refugee.
- Romance on the Set: Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy met while filming this movie, leading to a decades-long relationship that ended only with Tracy's death in 1967.
- Those Two Actors: This was the first of Hepburn and Tracy's nine films together.
- What Could Have Been: Clark Gable was suggested for Sam Craig.
Trivia / Woman of the Year