Cast & Crew
Anne V, Coates
The film's British release title was Follow Me. Onscreen credits note that the film contained "Excerpts from the Franco Ziffirelli Production of Romeo and Juliet copyright 1968 by Paramount Pictures Corporation." The excerpt from the film is viewed by "Cristoforou" and "Belinda" in a movie theater. According to onscreen credits, locations were filmed at Sutton Place, Syon House and Gardens, Royal Windsor Safari Park, Royal Opera House, Guildord Surrey, Brentford Middlesex, Windsor Bershire and Covent Garden, London.
A January 1964 Variety news item noted thatRoss Hunter bought the screen rights to Peter Schaffer's play and hired Mike Nichols to direct a film based on the play. In January 1965, Daily Variety announced that Julie Andrews was to star. By December 1965, a Hollywood Reporter news item stated that production would be delayed because Nichols was tied up editing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (see below), thus preventing him from reporting to Universal in time to start production before Andrews was due to start another project. According to a June 1967 Daily Variety news item, after Andrews and Nichols dropped out of the project, Hunter made a deal with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to star in the picture. However, their contract granted them the right to approve the director and third lead. At the time Paul Scofield and Dirk Bogarde were being considered for the third lead, but Scofield's previous commitments prevented him from accepting. Bogarde accepted the part but later backed out. When Taylor and Burton could not agree upon a suitable director, they also withdrew from the project. In August 1968 a Daily Variety news item announced that Katharine Ross was going to star in the film. Filmfacts added that Hunter left Universal before The Public Eye began production. A modern source adds Ann Way to the cast.