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 character of Benjamin Stone was based on Mel Brooks
, while Alan Swann was based on Errol Flynn
. Also, one of the lines Swann uses was based on something said by another actor with a drinking problem, John Barrymore
. See more
In the family dinner scene, Belle calls Alan Swann "Al," to which Benjy responds, "Ma, it's not Al. If I invite Capone or Jolson, then it's Al." At that point, Uncle Morty says, "Jolson's coming?" The movie takes place in 1954. Al Jolson died in 1950, and Capone died in 1947. Of course, Benjy could have been making a facetious remark, but Uncle Morty acts as if he thinks Jolson is still alive. 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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Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed off-screen by Nat 'King' Cole
during the opening credits
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