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?
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
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
What are you doing?
Drinking and leaving!
How High the Moon
Music by Morgan Lewis
Lyrics by Nancy Hamilton
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. See more