Tony Bennett's only movie. In his autobiography, 'The Good Life,' he states that it was a terrible experience and he never sought future roles.
Bob Hope, who plays the Master of Ceremonies in this film's Oscar sequences, hosted more Academy Awards shows than anyone else in Hollywood history.
Merle Oberon presents the Best Actor in the Academy Awards sequence. According to Oscar tradition, the Best Actor and Best Actress are presented by the previous year's winner in the category honoring the opposite sex. Oberon was nominated as Best Actress of 1935, but she has never won an Oscar.
James Dunn's final film.
According to the Harlan Ellison documentary "Dreams With Sharp Teeth", he wrote the screenplay with Steve McQueen and 'Peter Falk' in mind to play the leads.
Listed among the Top 10 Best Bad Movies of All Time in "The Official Razzie Movie Guide."
The Richard Sale novel on which this film is based followed Frank Fane as he systematically ruined the chances of his four fictitious Oscar rivals. In the movie, the other four Best Actor nominees are actual Hollywood stars, "nominated" as Best Actor for fictitious film titles.
The Academy Award sequences for this film were shot at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, scene of several actual 1960s Oscar ceremonies.
This film opens with footage of stars' arrivals shot outside an actual mid-1960s Academy Awards ceremony, with the year of the event carefully obscured in all wide angles. One transfer of the film reveals that it is the 37th Academy Awards, held in 1964.
Edith Head: an Oscar nominee for her costume designs for this film, appears in a scene set at a Hollywood party, when Kay calls Frank to congratulate him on his Oscar nomination, and one other scene.
Hal Pereira: appears at a party that Frankie attends, full of other Paramount people.