When Cleavon Little and the other servants pull up to rob the grocery store with a fake gun to steal the cash register, the sign on the store reads, "Crown Point Market". Crown Point, Indiana was the town where real life gangster John Dillinger famously broke out of jail using a fake gun.
The character Marvin Dummitz and the story of Mr. Parker's business partner having had the misfortune to hail Dummitz's cab and never making it to the meeting is a parody of the real-life story of Melvin Dummar and Howard Hughes, which was later told straight in Melvin and Howard.
Finally made it's DVD and Blu-Ray debut on January 10, 2017 after only being available on VHS cassettes by CBS/FOX Video for three decades, digital streaming on websites such as Amazon and the Fox Movie Channel.
Richard Benjamin based his character on Will E. Coyote and The Road Runner as well as Laurel and Hardy, which was alot of fun for him. Benjamin felt that the character, like the film, was an event, and played it as such.
Filmed entirely in San Diego as according Director Michael Schultz was far more controlled environment to be able to film and in particular the final chase at the end of the film in which they were able to control traffic and allow all the stunts to go off smoothly. The film was also shot there for budgetary reasons.
According to Director Michael Schultz, he originally wanted Vincent Price who plays the late millionaire Milton Parker to say something while he was playing his game in bed before he died. Price thought it would be much better if he didn't say anything and the visuals speak for themselves.
This film forced Disney to scrap its' plans to release, Midnight Madness, then called "The Great All-Nighter" to release it's film around the Christmas holiday after Twentieth Century-Fox who was distributing the film nailed down the Christmas time release for this film and also because both films had a similar theme in that they were both scavenger hunt/team competition films with alot at stake. Disney then released Midnight Madness in February 1980, two months after this film was released.
Richard Mulligan and Stephanie Faracy both starred for Blake Edwards in two films in back to back years. Mulligan was a regular for Edwards who first appeared as Edwards' fictitious version of himself in S.O.B. in 1981, as well as Mickey & Maude in 1984 and also appeared as one of the two hit-men in A Fine Mess in 1986. While Faracy appeared as Bruce Willis' sister-in-law in the comedy, Blind Date in 1987.
One of three hit films that Twentieth Century-Fox released for Melvin Simon Productions which also included the Oscar nominated, The Stunt Man starring Peter O'Toole and My Bodyguard starring Chris Makepeace and Matt Dillon which were released in 1980.
Arnold Schwarzenegger who appears as Lars, the gym owner who Tony Randall gets the medicine ball from midway through the film refused to take off his shirt for his appearance in the film as he wanted to show off his muscular physique for his starring role in Conan The Barbarian which was being prepped when this film was being made according to Director Michael Schultz in his commentary.
Director Michael Schultz immediately signed on to direct the film after producer Steven Vail told him that he had already signed on Cloris Leachman, Cleavon Little, James Coco, Tony Randall, Scatman Crothers, and Roddy McDowall. Schultz was so impressed by such an ensemble that he couldn't refuse.
The estate that was used as Milton Parker's lavish mansion would be the only time a major film production has been allowed to film in or around the property for a good 25 years, after many scenes, the final car race in particular, caused damage.
Tony Randall, Dirk Benedict, Willie Aames, Stephen Furst, Richard Mulligan, Stephanie Faracy, Stuart Pankin and Cleavon Little would go onto star in television before and after this film was completed. Randall was a star in The Odd Couple, Benedict starred in both Battlestar Galactica and The A-Team, Aames in Eight Is Enough and Charles In Charge, Furst in the National Lampoon's Animal House spin-off, Faracy in Arthur Hailey's Hotel, Mulligan in Empty Nest and Pankin in Not Necessarily The News, one of HBO's first original cable TV comedy series.