Hilarious in Hindsight: While obviously meant to be a satire of news media, the film becomes a lot funnier when you remember that just seven years after its release, Carol Burnett sued the National Enquirer for libel, making quotes like this one all the more ironic:
Earl Williams: You don't have to answer this, Mollie, but is it true what they said in the papers?
Mollie Malloy: Is what true?
Earl Williams: That you were going to marry me on the gallows.
Mollie Malloy: Well, if it's in the papers, it must be true. They wouldn't print a lie.
- Early on, when Hildy and Walt are arguing in Walt's office, Hildy mentions having been out of town covering "the monkey trial". Jack Lemmon would go on to play Henry Drummond in the 1999 adaptation of Inherit the Wind.