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My Favorite Year (1982)

 -  Comedy  -  1 October 1982 (USA)
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A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

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K.C. Downing
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King Kaiser
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Sy Benson
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Belle Carroca
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Alice Miller
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Herb Lee
Lou Jacobi ...
Uncle Morty
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Leo Silver
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Alfie Bumbacelli
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Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ...
Lil
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Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ...
Connie
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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1 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Mi año favorito  »

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Trivia

The film was the basis of a Tony Award-winning musical play. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alan Swann: I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!
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Soundtracks

How High the Moon
(1940)
Music by Morgan Lewis (uncredited)
Lyrics by Nancy Hamilton (uncredited)
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.
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A surprising little (dare I say it?) O'Toole vehicle (I said it)
8 June 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Unaware of Mel Brooks's uncredited contribution and of most of the obvious parallels to real life, I began watching this and was eventually surprised I had heard so little of this minor nugget. While it is actually true that the humour here isn't too original, the execution is so irresistibly sure all can be forgiven. Even certain emotional, life lesson -like moments didn't bother me, for they have been done with utmost class.

The film flows flawlessly through its duration, and hardly anything seems out of place; there's no forced (I stress that word) emotionality to be found. Those things alone are something you don't often get. It has a splendid look to it, with the bright colours and the design, the costumes contributing to the wonderfully old-fashioned and fresh feel it has (how convenient).

The script is full of almost-priceless moments and witty one-liners and otherwise hilarious dialogue. I would imagine the film is of high re-watch value. It is by no means without its share of problems, though. As said, there's little that's not been done elsewhere, but the finished film works so well as a whole I can but say that all the praise is deserved. Needless to say, while the rest of the cast delivers, it is O'Toole's magnificently (un)steady and hilarious performance that lifts this one to heights.


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