When premiered as a two-part roadshow attraction at the Astor Theatre in New York City on 20 March 1928, Part 1 was 66 minutes, followed by an intermission, and Part 2 was 61 minutes. Two sequences were projected on "Fantom Screen," a device on rollers by which the screen appears to double in size by rolling to the front of the stage, widens out, then reduces to normal size by retreating back again to its normal position. The transition is achieved while intertitles are on the screen, thus disguising the change.
Four stuntmen were killed while filming the Cooper River rapids scenes. Of the four, two bodies were never found. This is according to the documentary Hollywood: Hazard of the Game (1980) and verified by two stunt men from the scene, one being future producer Paul Malvern.