This film was the subject of inquiry by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in October 1947. Testimony as to the distortions of Soviet life presented in the film was provided by Ayn Rand, screenwriter and author of "The Fountainhead" and 'Atlas Shrugged". Rand was born in Russia, but left in 1926. Rand derided the depictions of Russian peasants who owned radios and had access to long distance telephones as well as showing a "traditional Russian wedding dance' with peasant women doing the Charleston with spiked heels in church.
Director Gregory Ratoff collapsed on the set on 29 June 1943; Laslo Benedek took over as director for the remainder of the principal photography and for the October 1943 retakes. It is not known who directed the retakes needed in September 1943.
Although this film was included among the more than 700 titles in the MGM feature film library sold to television in 1956, its reputation prevented it from being shown in most of the major markets; in San Francisco it was first telecast Saturday 26 December 1959 on KGO-TV (Channel 7), and in Salt Lake City television viewers finally got a look at it Monday 10 October 1960 on KCPX (Channel 4).