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As noted in news items and in reviews, exteriors for the film were shot on location in New York City. Although Hollywood Reporter news items reported that Leslie Nielson was cast as "Debbie Reynolds' boyfriend," that role was taken over by Rod Taylor. Paddy Chayefsky's original television drama starred Thelma Ritter and Pat Henning and was directed by Robert Mulligan.
In June 2007, it was announced in New York Times that a musical adaptation of Chayefsky's screenplay for A Catered Affair was being prepared for a September 2007 opening at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, with an eventual Broadway booking anticipated. John Bucchino wrote the score for the musical, with a book supplied by actor-writer Harvey Fierstein, who was to appear in the role of "Uncle Jack."