Trivia / The Long Goodbye

  • The Danza: Several of the minor characters—Jo Ann Brody as Jo Ann (Augustine's mistress), Rutanya Alda as Rutanya (one of Marlowe's hippie neighbors), Jack Riley as Riley (the piano player).
  • Genre-Killer: Altman is said to have wanted this film to be this for the Hardboiled Detective kind of Film Noir. Didn't happen, though.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Screwed by the Network: United Artists botched its initial release by promoting it as a straight Detective Drama. A few months later they re-released it but the marketing implied that it was a rollicking Parody of Philip Marlowe, when it's really more like a darkly satiric Retool.
  • Throw It In: It's a Robert Altman film, so there's lots of this. Elliott Gould ad-libbed many of Marlowe's quips. The shot of the two amorously-engaged dogs on the street of the Mexican village obviously wasn't planned but was memorable enough to stay in the film.
  • What Could Have Been: Altman originally wanted Dan Blocker (TV's Hoss Cartwright) whom he originally directed in early episodes of Bonanza to play Wade. Tragically Blocker died from a post-surgery complication at the age of 44. The film is dedicated to him.
  • During filming of M*A*S*H, Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland approached Fox executives about removing Robert Altman from the project, but decided not to go through with it. Gould admitted to Altman that he and Sutherland almost had him removed from the filming, but Donald Sutherland never told Altman about it. Subsequently, Altman never made another movie with Donald Sutherland.