- Irony as She Is Cast: Woody Allen, a well-respected writer and director, plays a man who "couldn't write a grocery list."
- Playing Against Type: Woody Allen in a serious drama about Hollywood Blacklisting. He's still a nebbish, though.
- Reality Subtext: Most of the cast and crew actually were Blacklisted during the Red Scare, including actor Zero Mostel and director Martin Ritt. The dates of their blacklisting appear under their names in the end credits.
- What Could Have Been: Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford were considered for the lead role.
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