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  • Actor-Shared Background: Virgil Starkwell was born on December 1, 1935. This is Woody Allen's actual date of birth.
  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Laughs: #67
  • Billing Displacement: TV ads for the film when it aired put Louise Lasser on equal billing with Woody Allen. She had one cameo.
  • California Doubling: Although set in New Jersey, the film was shot in San Francisco.
  • Cast the Expert: Micil Murphy returned to prison for a role in the film. He had become an actor after being paroled from San Quentin in 1966 after serving five and a half years for armed robbery.
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  • Executive Meddling: One of the more interesting positive examples. The entire movie was restructured after its first screening because the executives hated the original cut but saw its potential. They hired Ralph Rosenblum to serve as “editorial supervisor” to make the movie funnier, thus starting a long-lasting work relationship between Woody Allen and Rosenblum which would eventually give the latter an editing BAFTA.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Woody Allen encouraged his cast to improvise, often shooting as many as three impromptu gags for each scene.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: On their first date, Virgil takes Louise to dinner at Ernie's, the restaurant made famous by Vertigo.
  • Production Posse: This was the first of several Woody Allen films to be edited by Ralph Rosenblum.
  • Real-Life Relative: Woody Allen's then-wife Louise Lasser appears as an interviewee. She was supposed to play the female lead (who is named Louise), but she wasn't a big enough name.
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  • Technology Marches On: One of the film's big laugh lines comes when Virgil, bluffing his way through a job interview, is asked if he's "ever had any experience running a high-speed digital electronic computer", and answers in the affirmative, adding, "My aunt has one."
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