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
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Did You Know?
The picture was actor Peter O'Toole
's next cinema movie after The Stunt Man
(1980). As such, it was back-to-back consecutive pictures about show-business for O'Toole as that film was about movie-making whereas this feature was about live television. Moreover, O'Toole was Best Actor Oscar nominated for both films but did not win for either. See more
In the first scene with Swann--in bed, as he banters with the airline stewardess--his pack of Old Gold cigarettes leaps from his chest to the bed. See more
Stone... I'm afraid. I'm afraid. That's why I couldn't get out of the car to see my Tess, my child.
Alan Swann, afraid? The Defender of the Crown? Captain from Tortuga? The Last Knight of the Round Table?
Those are movies, damn you! Look at me! I'm flesh and blood, life-size, no larger! I'm not that silly God-damned hero! I never was!
To *me* you were! Whoever you were in those movies, those silly goddamn heroes meant a lot to *me*! What does it matter if it was an illusion? It worked! So don't...
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Somebody Stole My Gal
Written by Leo Wood
Played by the band at the Waldorf See more