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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Did You Know?
The name of the glamorous night-spot seen in the film was "The Stork Club". The venue was a real life night-club in Manhattan, New York City that operated between the years of 1929 until 1965 and as such was truly still functioning in the favorite year that the movie is set: 1954. See more
Early in the movie a labor leader and his attorney meet with the show's producer to state that an actor's portrayal of a person having that labor leader's character is "slander." The producer replies that the labor leader is a public figure and so the test of defamation is more difficult than simple slander. That test, the Public Figure test, was not developed until ten years after the year the movie takes place. See more
Sy Benson: a tower of Jell-O.
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Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed off-screen by Nat 'King' Cole
during the opening credits
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. See more