When the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was canceled by CBS in April 1969 due to political pressure, Tom Smothers walked off with a great deal of anger - and a fair bit of show business clout. He soon funneled much of the nest egg he'd fostered during Comedy Hour's popularity into a variety of pet projects. He and Ken Kragen formed a management company and while Tommy, understandably, became co-manager with Kragen of people like Mason Williams and Bob Einstein, they also managed singer Kenny Rogers and the hammond-organ playing pitcher of the Detroit Tigers, Denny McLain. Tommy's next plan was to bank-roll some politically significant cinema. Another Nice Mess was Bob Einstein's germination. He knew Tommy would likely finance something that took on the Nixon administration. It was a real opportunity for Einstein to enter the production side of show business and jockey himself a spot within the New Hollywood. Smothers signed on to produce Einstein's screenplay along with Jonathan Haze.
The film entered general release in September reaching a mere seven theaters. The Brookside in Kansas City blamed its empty theater on the rain, but ticket sales remained non-existent when the weather cleared. Its screening at the Metro II in San Francisco was dismissed as "a bomb." The film did best at the Broadway Theater in Portland where it played for nine weeks to "warm" business. The total gross was around thirty-thousand dollars.
Bob Einstein appeared on The Dick Cavett Show to promote the film and Rich Little did likewise with Johnny Carson, but it didn't seem to help. The film had a short-life, playing between August and October 1972. It was never screened again. For years there have been rumors it was buried by the Nixon administration, but Tom Smothers admits he buried it himself because, he says, "It was a terrible film." Co-producer Jonathan Haze concluded,"Another Nice Mess was a mess."