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 movie was suggested by an actual true life occurrence. According to the 'Virgin Film Guide', the film was inspired by a "real-life incident where novice comedy writer Mel Brooks
was assigned to chaperon the colorful Errol Flynn
before he appeared on Sid Caesar
's Your Show of Shows
(1950)". Brooks was a writer on the show in his career's early days. Flynn was a guest on one episode and this occasion inspired the screenplay. Brooks has said though that Flynn's appearance was in reality uneventful, it not having the notoriety display in this movie's fictional equivalent. Actually, the TV show writers had little opportunity to interact with Flynn at all. See more
When Swann first goes out to see Tess in Connecticut, the Chrysler parked in front of Tess' house is a 1955 model that was not yet available at that time of year (before Fall). See more
[Handing Benjy a glass
Stone, you can watch me or you can join me. One of them is more fun.
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed off-screen by Nat 'King' Cole
during the opening credits
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. See more