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My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 8 October 1982 (USA)
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

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Cast

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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
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Uncle Morty
Adolph Green ...
Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Alfie Bumbacelli
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Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ...
Lil
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Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ...
Connie
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The names of some of the classic movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood that swashbuckling film legend actor Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole) had starred in were "Rapture", "Amarillo", "Swords of Glory", "Sands of Sudan", "Defender of the Crown" and "Captain from Tortuga". See more »

Goofs

[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 »

Quotes

[Alan Swann pours himself a drink]
Benjy Stone: Mr. Swann, I was supposed to watch you, remember?
Swann: Good. Watch this.
[Pours another drink]
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Stardust
(1927)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish (uncredited) (1929)
Performed off-screen by Nat 'King' Cole during the opening credits
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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