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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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006. 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
Benjy, you want to see movies, get a job as an usher. The rest of us are here to write professional show-business comedy!
[whispers to Alice
[to Sy, for Herb
In your case, semi-professional.
Spoofs Your Show of Shows
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