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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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talked the producers into paying for a fencing instructor to get him in shape for the fight sequence. See more
In the street scene following the "hot dog" shot, the block Benjy and Swann are walking in is a real NY street dressed for 1954. The next block behind them and the skyline including the long-gone Astor Hotel is a matte shot. Watch under the marque over the left sidewalk and see several modern buses and an RV go by. See more
I don't know. He *is* a legend. One of the biggest stars ever. He's one of a kind. A guy like this is irreplaceable. Replace him, Leo.
Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #16.37
"How High the Moon"
Music by Morgan Lewis
Lyrics by Nancy Hamilton
Performed off-screen by Les Paul
and Mary Ford
during the opening scene
Played also as dance music at the Waldorf
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. See more