Bette Davis was set to star in this episode, but shortly before rehearsals were set to begin, she told Martin Manulis that she was too exhausted to make the 15 costume changes required. Manulis stated, "I got the impression Bette really didn't want to do it for whatever reason, I'd love to work with her. Who wouldn't? When she's ready, I'll find something for her. Some have speculated that Bette was scared to perform live as David Niven was.