My Favorite Year (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  1 October 1982 (USA)
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A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
K.C. Downing
King Kaiser
Sy Benson
Belle Carroca
Alice Miller
Herb Lee
Lou Jacobi ...
Uncle Morty
Adolph Green ...
Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Alfie Bumbacelli
Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ...
Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ...


Benjy Stone is the junior writer on the top rated variety/comedy show, in the mid 50s (the early years). Its a new medium and the rules were not fully established. Alan Swann, an Erol Flynn type actor with a drinking problem is to be that weeks guest star. When King Kaiser, the headliner wants to throw Swann off the show, Benjy makes a pitch to save his childhood hero, and is made Swann's babysitter. On top of this, a union boss doesn't care for Kaiser's parody of him and has plans to stop the show. Written by John Vogel <>

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Release Date:

1 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi año favorito  »

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The character of Alice Miller portrayed by actress Anne De Salvo was based on Your Show of Shows (1950) writer Lucille Kallen. See more »


In the movie, "The Comedy Cavalcade" is broadcast from an auditorium studio in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. In the 50s, NBC had leased various Broadway theaters for their prime time variety shows, which were not done from 30 Rock. The 30 Rock studios were built to produce radio variety shows and were suitable for game shows and later programs like The Tonight Show, but could not handle sketch comedy shows with large casts and lots of scenery. (Studio 8-H, now home of SNL, was set up for live dramas with no studio audience.) See more »


Alan Swann: I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!
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References Your Show of Shows (1950) See more »


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O'Toole at his best
11 April 2004 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

Peter O'Toole is at the height of his comic powers in this wonderful homage to Errol Flynn, the 50's, and early live TV. Alan Swann (O'Toole) is a swashbuckling, aging, alcoholic actor billed to appear on television - which is fine until he realises that the thing is going to be broadcast LIVE, which is unthinkable. This prompts severe stage fright and heavy drinking, as he is cojoled with endless patience by his adoring young minder, Benjy Stone, (Mark Linn-Baker).

The film is funny, brilliant, sad, stirring, inspiring, exciting - unique. The cast is perfect from top to bottom A tour de force by O'Toole. Watch it. 'My Favorite Year' should become one of Your Favorite Films. 9 out of 10.

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