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 Broadway musical version opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York on 10th December 1992 and played for approximately just the one month running for 36 performances until 10th January 1993. See more
In the street scene following the "hot dog" shot, the block Benjy and Swann are walking in is a real NY street dressed for 1954. The next block behind them and the skyline including the long-gone Astor Hotel is a matte shot. Watch under the marque over the left sidewalk and see several modern buses and an RV go by. See more
Who is that gorgeous-looking creature over there?
Oh, no, Mr. Swann. This is exactly the way it started last time.
In that case, we'll just order dinner... for now.
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