In its premiere engagement in America, this movie was released just six months after another filmed adaptation of a Neil Simon play, Only When I Laugh, based on "The Gingerbread Lady". I Ought to Be in Pictures was directed by Herbert Ross who had been the first choice to direct Only When I Laugh. Both works predominantly dealt with the conflict between a daughter and a parent, the parent being a mother in Only When I Laugh and a father in I Ought to Be in Pictures. Both parent characters also abuse alcohol. Both films are reconciliation movies; in each film, the parent and daughter have not seen each other for sixteen years.
In Only When I Laugh, the daughter lived with her father but was not estranged from her mother for sixteen years.
Dammit Carol Sue, where is the vodka?!