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 first scene with Swann--in bed, as he banters with the airline stewardess--his pack of Old Gold cigarettes leaps from his chest to the bed. See more
[looking over the edge of the balcony
I think Alan Swann is beneath us!
Of course he's beneath us. He's an actor!
No! I think Alan Swann is beneath us right now!
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Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed off-screen by Nat 'King' Cole
during the opening credits
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