The short's title alludes to the California Gold Rush as well as to the popular Busby Berkeley musicals Gold Diggers of 1933 and Gold Diggers of 1935, which were also released by Warner Bros.
Beans and Porky set out to find gold and run into some meanies along the way.
When this cartoon aired on Nickelodeon in its original black-and-white form (back when Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon was a Nick at Nite show and aired mostly black and white shorts), two scenes involving the Chinese laundrymen were cut:
- The scenes with the Chinese laundrymen racing along with the other characters in search of gold (and digging for gold in the mine)
- The scene where the Chinese laundrymen are covered in the exhaust from Porky's car and do a blackface impression of Amos 'n Andy.
When the computer-colorized version of this cartoon aired on Nickelodeon (when Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon was put on the daytime slot and phased out its black and white shorts in favor of color shorts, often colorizing some of the black and white shorts they aired in the process), not only were all scenes with the Chinese laundrymen cut, but the sequence where Beans shoots at a villain, who shields himself with a metal tub, was also cut. Cartoon Network aired both the original black and white and the computer colorized versions of this short uncut.
- On the title card, when the title dissolves from the credits to Beans' face, the apostrophe in "Gold Diggers of '49" disappears.
- This is the first cartoon directed by Tex Avery for Warner Bros. Cartoons.
- In this short, the star is Beans the Cat, with Porky Pig as the father of Beans' fiancée, Little Kitty.
- This is the first and only cartoon to have Porky stutter in a deeper voice.
- The adult version of Porky used in this short was essentially recycled for Porky's poppa in later shorts such as "Porky the Rain-Maker" and "Milk and Money"; Porky appears in these as a small child.