Bing Crosby almost turned down the film because he thought he was too old for his character and wouldn't be able to play him.
Jennifer Jones was considered for, but turned down, the female lead which later won Grace Kelly her Oscar.
Grace Kelly won her only Oscar for her role in this movie beating out Judy Garland, the sentimental favorite, in the closest Best Actress race in Academy history. A reported 6 votes was all that separated the cinematic legends.
Changes to Canadian video ratings standards in the late 1980s resulted in this classic being slapped with an R rating, making it illegal to rent or sell it to anyone under the age of 18. No reasons were ever suggested for this rating (which was later changed), though it is possible it may have been confused with a porn film of the same name.
During the flashback scene inside the recording studio where Bing Crosby sings "The Search is Through," that's Victor Young in a bit part playing the conductor. Also, the scene was shot inside the famed Paramount scoring stage where Young conducted so many of his film scores.
In a great many of his films, Bing Crosby played lighthearted comedy and musical roles as a singer or songwriter, however he demonstrated a talent as a fine dramatic actor and provide the screen with several highly acclaimed dramatic performances including this one.
In the I Love Lucy episode "Hollywood at Last", William Holden was featured as a guest star. During a conversation with Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) regarding working at the movie studio, he mentions, "I just finished a picture called 'The Country Girl' with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly."
The original Broadway production of "The Country Girl" by Clifford Odets opened at the Lyceum Theater on November 10, 1950 and ran for 236 performances. Uta Hagen won the 1951 Tony Award for Actress in a Drama for the role of Georgie Elgin, the same role that won Grace Kelly her only Academy Award for Best Actress.