This was the first ever movie to use the DGA pseudonym Alan Smithee. After major re-cutting by Paramount without director Jud Taylor's involvement, Taylor demanded that his name be taken off the picture.
After disastrous sneak previews Paramount Execs toyed with the idea of screening "Fade In" exclusively in art houses, but the plan was scrapped and the film left on the shelf, six years later when Burt Reynolds was considerably more popular, Paramount sold it to CBS TV, who ran it as a late night movie on November 8 1973 it didn't police any massive ratings, but it was received better than in 1969.
From the beginning of this picture Burt Reynolds was unable to communicate with his leading lady "Barbara Loden was on a different frequency" he says "I couldn't tune in, couldn't find the key to turn her on. I kept waiting for her to let loose And blow me right out of the tub, but it never happened on film."