Trivia / The Great Race

  • Big Budget Beef-Up: While crafted as a loving tribute to the often-dirt cheap medium of silent film, the sheer scale, ambition, and length of Edwards' story made the film, at the time, the most expensive comedy in history (roughly $90 million when adjusted for inflation).note 
  • Dueling Works: The far more commercially and critically successful Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines had been released not a month prior by Fox, which hurt the film in both departments (though it still made over double its budget at the box office).
  • Non-Singing Voice: Robin Ward sang "The Sweetheart Tree" instead of Natalie Wood. Wood sang "My Country 'tis of Thee" herself earlier can tell because she sounds off-key.
  • Production Posse: Blake Edwards, director and co-writer, apparently brought along a good number of the personnel he'd previously worked with on his television shows, most prominently Henry Mancini and Ross Martin.
  • Those Two Actors: Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood in their third (and final) film together, and Curtis and Jack Lemmon in their second of two. Although, ask anyone to name a Tony Curtis/Jack Lemmon film, they'll probably think of the other one.
  • What Could Have Been: Charlton Heston was originally offered the role of The Great Leslie. He considered it a "funny script" but had to turn the part down when the production schedule for The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) was delayed.