- Actor Allusion:
- Robert Preston gives a fallen comrade a Viking Funeral, just like he did in the 1939 version of Beau Geste.
- As in Network, William Holden plays a grizzled veteran mass media bigwig who has to deal with his longtime friend and colleague going completely mad. Holden's casting also invokes Sunset Boulevard, the Trope Maker for dark satires of Hollywood.
- Channel Hop: The film's rights went to Warner Bros. after they purchased Lorimar, the film's producers.
- Creator Couple: This was the second collaboration between husband and wife Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews.
- Creator In-Joke: The funeral home in the movie is called "O'Ryan's". Orion Pictures were meant to finance this and another Blake Edwards film, but budget disputes led to both being dropped - and SOB ended up at Lorimar (with Paramount distributing theatrically).
- Meta Casting: Julie Andrews plays an actress with Contractual Purity who is trying to shake her goody-two-shoes image by appearing topless in a film directed by her husband. She herself had been stuck with an image as a sugary sweet actress after Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, and had tried to break out of it with Darling Lili a few years earlier.
- Saved from Development Hell: Edwards wrote the screenplay not long after Darling Lili's release. After Ten became a massive hit he got an Auteur License and chose to make this film.
- Write What You Know: The film is loosely inspired by Blake Edwards's experiences with Executive Meddling on Darling Lili and Wild Rovers. Shelley Winters's character Eva Brown is also based on Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers.
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