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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was originally hesitant about doing the film. However, in the script, the date of Swann's death was, in fact, the date of O'Toole's birthday. O'Toole phoned Richard Benjamin
to find out if they did that with all of the actors they had offered the part to. The director replied that the script had not been given to anybody else, at which O'Toole agreed to do the film. See more
In the movie, "The Comedy Cavalcade" is broadcast from an auditorium studio in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. In the 50s, NBC had leased various Broadway theaters for their prime time variety shows, which were not done from 30 Rock. The 30 Rock studios were built to produce radio variety shows and were suitable for game shows and later programs like The Tonight Show, but could not handle sketch comedy shows with large casts and lots of scenery. (Studio 8-H, now home of SNL, was set up for live dramas with no studio audience.) See more
Rookie, your Meatloaf Mindanao was superb!
Thanks. That takes two days to prepare, you know.
Really! Tell me, what was that rather pungent taste?
[someone spits up and Aunt Sadie swoons; the parrot cage is empty
And they're not easy to work with. They put up some squawk.
I can imagine!
Somebody Stole My Gal
Written by Leo Wood
Played by the band at the Waldorf See more