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 main character's first name, Benjamin, is the same as the last name of the director, Richard Benjamin
, while his last name, Steinberg, is the same as the last name of one of the screenwriters, Norman Steinberg
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[possibly deliberate] The cardboard cutout that we see of Alan Swann as a young man is neither Peter O'Toole
nor Errol Flynn
, but Oreste Kirkop
, who starred in the second film version of the swashbuckling operetta, "The Vagabond King". "My Favorite Year", however, happens in 1954, and that version of "The Vagabond King" was not released until 1956. See more
Doesn't Sy's office take on a whole different feeling at night?
Yeah, it gets worse.
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