In the scene when Diane Keaton's character sees her "dead" neighbor riding a bus, you can read VERTIGO as bus advertisement. It's one of the many references to Hitchcock's film that appear in the movie.
Diane Keaton replaced Mia Farrow. The lead female role was written for Farrow by Woody Allen but Keaton got the part following the breakup of the pair's personal relationship. Reportedly, Farrow apparently showed up for the first day's shooting, much to Allen's consternation.
"Manhattan Murder Mystery" was actually the generic working title during production - Allen films usually have generic titles during production like "Woody Allen Fall Project" - but since no new title could be thought of, Woody Allen decided to leave that as the title.
When Larry and Carol go to the theater, the play they are seeing is "Guys and Dolls". The original Broadway production of "Guys and Dolls" in 1950 starred Robert Alda, whose son Alan Alda is in this film.
Anjelica Huston said that the film set was "oddly free of anxiety, introspection and pain" and attributed this largely due to the presence of Diane Keaton. Huston added: "On this movie, he [Woody Allen] showed up in the hair and makeup trailer to tease Diane about her hair and her big photography books, all diligently marked with yellow stick-'em paper. Around Diane, he was open and accessible".
In the book "Woody Allen on Woody Allen: Revised Edition" (2004), Allen said of the rewriting Mia Farrow's part for Diane Keaton: "No, I couldn't do that. In a regular script I would have done that upon hiring Diane Keaton. But I couldn't because it's a murder mystery, and it's very tightly plotted, so it's very hard to make big changes . . . I had written [the character for] more to what Mia likes to do. Mia likes to do funny things, but she's not as broad a comedian as Diane is. So Diane made this part funnier than I wrote it".
The public scandal surrounding Woody Allen's break-up with Mia Farrow, which had served as a big backdrop to the theatrical release of Allen's previous film Husbands and Wives (1992), was still very much in recent memory during the cinema season of this movie, it for example, still being extensively referred to in the New York Times article promoting this picture [See: "Diane and Woody, Still a Fun Couple", The New York Times, 15th August 1993].
Final Woody Allen and Diane Keaton film [to date, June 2013]. The movie is also the only Woody Allen - Diane Keaton film of the 1990s and has been the only film that the pair have co-starred in a major star teaming since 1979's Manhattan (1979) around fourteen years earlier. This excludes 1987's Radio Days (1987) where Keaton cameoed in a minor bit.
Second of two Woody Allen films with the word "Manhattan" in the title. The first was Manhattan (1979) made and first released around fourteen years earlier in 1979. Allen also appeared uncredited in Paris-Manhattan (2012).
During the early 1970s, Woody Allen was working on a script about two New Yorkers who try to solve a murder when he got stuck. When blocked, Allen noticed a book on Russian History at his home. As the deadline was fast approaching for delivery of a contracted screenplay, Allen got inspired and decided to spoof the genre of Russian novel and history, and this became Love and Death (1975). Allen put the mystery script on the back-burner. As such, this script was not finished until later, but it eventually became the screenplay for this movie, Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).