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The French film which Christian describes seeing in great detail to Eric, but never names, is La Kermesse Heroique, directed by Jacques Feyder, a famous movie first seen in 1937, the year in which the film is set.
Edward G. Robinson was a replacement for Spencer Tracy, who was prevented from taking the role by illness.
Norman Jewison was a late replacement as director of this film, coming on board only after the original director, Sam Peckinpah, was fired.
Lancey: You're good, kid. But as long as I'm around, you'll always be second-best.
Lancey: Just deal the cards, Lady Fingers.