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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
Lou Jacobi ...
Uncle Morty
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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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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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On the film's DVD audio-commentary director Richard Benjamin said actor Peter O'Toole did most of his own stunts and really wanted to do as much as he could stunt-wise. See more »

Goofs

The cameras in the Comedy Cavalcade studio are RCA TK-14s, which were not introduced until the late 1950s. (NBC would have used RCA TK-30, TK-10 or TK-11 cameras for black-and-white shows at this time.) In another scene a Marconi Mark IV camera is being pushed through a hallway; this camera also was not available until the late 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Benjy Stone: What are you doing?
Alan Swann: Drinking and leaving!
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How High the Moon
(1940)
Music by Morgan Lewis (uncredited)
Lyrics by Nancy Hamilton (uncredited)
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.
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Stardust memories
30 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the opening notes of Nat 'King' Cole's great recording of Stardust, this film just steals your heart. If you are old enough to remember TV's Show Of Shows, live every week, this is a real treat. Peter O'Toole is magic as an Errol Flynn like movie star, swashing every buck in sight, charming the socks off one and all. The final scene of the live broadcast, with the mayhem caused by the gangsters invading the stage, is a classic. A delighful 90 minutes. 8/10

Jane


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