Robert Redford's agent tried to dissuade him from appearing in the film. Redford accepted the role on the proviso that the script was altered to tone down his character's sexuality. To Redford's dismay, after his footage was completed, a new line was scripted and shot which left no question that his character was bisexual.
As Wood and Redford were shooting in a small boat off Santa Monica Pier, a sudden change in the wind direction cast them adrift in the Malibu current. As the boat moved further out to sea Wood begin to panic. Redford laughed her through it. He later realized how precarious the situation was but it sealed the friendship between the two as his heroism impressed Natalie and he earned her trust.
This is an interesting movie for film buffs since many scenes feature shots in various areas and departments of Warner Bros. Studios, in Burbank, California. The actual studio appeared as the mythical "Swann Studios" in the film.
Vocal recordings completed by Natalie Wood of the film's songs went unused and unheard on commercial recordings, until the April 2009 release of the complete dramatic score and song score by Film Score Monthly.
The boys choir singing in front of the Christmas tree at Daisy's debut was the world famous Robert Mitchell Boy Choir. The film was set around the time that this boys choir was actually first formed, 1934.