My Favorite Year (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  1 October 1982 (USA)
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A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
K.C. Downing
King Kaiser
Sy Benson
Belle Carroca
Alice Miller
Herb Lee
Lou Jacobi ...
Uncle Morty
Adolph Green ...
Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Alfie Bumbacelli
Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ...
Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

1 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi año favorito  »

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One of the action-adventure sword-fighting sequences seen in the movie was virtually a shot-by-shot full re-enactment of a sword-fight sequence in Errol Flynn's classic swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). See more »


[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 »


Alan Swann: I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!
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References Your Show of Shows (1950) See more »


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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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


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