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Director:
Writers:
Norman Steinberg (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
1 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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A Perfect Film Comedy! See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter O'Toole ... Alan Swann

Mark Linn-Baker ... Benjy Stone

Jessica Harper ... K.C. Downing

Joseph Bologna ... King Kaiser

Bill Macy ... Sy Benson

Lainie Kazan ... Belle Carroca

Anne De Salvo ... Alice Miller

Basil Hoffman ... Herb Lee
Lou Jacobi ... Uncle Morty
Adolph Green ... Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto ... Alfie Bumbacelli

George Wyner ... Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ... Lil

Cameron Mitchell ... Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ... Connie

Corinne Bohrer ... Bonnie
George Marshall Ruge ... Lord Drummond / Featured Player
Amanda Horan Kennedy ... Lady Eleanor (as Barbara Horan)
John Welsh ... Cubby Brown / Featured Player
Richard Brestoff ... Stage Manager / Featured Player
Jed Mills ... Member #1 / Featured Player
Ted Grossman ... Harris / Featured Player

Teresa Ganzel ... Dumpling / Featured Player
Philip Bruns ... Fed. Marshal Holt / Featured Player (as Phil Bruns)

Archie Hahn ... Delivery Boy / Featured Player
Karen Haber ... Vivian / Featured Player
Priscilla Kovary ... Priscilla
Eleanor C. Heutschy ... Gossip Columnist (as Eleanor Heutschy)
Peter Eastman ... Maitre D'
Fox Harris ... Curt / Featured Player
Rieneke ... Andrea
Howard George ... Artie / Featured Player
Bob Windsor ... Alvin Horn / Featured Player

Gloria Stuart ... Mrs. Horn
Clyde McLeod ... Club Dancer
Harry Bill Roberts ... Orchestra Leader

Ramon Sison ... Rookie Carroca / Featured Player

Annette Robyns ... Sadie
Pearl Shear ... Mrs. Kessler
Stanley Brock ... Mr. Berkowitz
Martin Garner ... Mr. Cantor
John Medici ... Scalfoni
Robert G. Denison ... Stockbroker #1 / Featured Player
John Christy Ewing ... Stockbroker #2 / Featured Player
Vincent Sardi Jr. ... Policeman (as Vincent Sardi)

Cady McClain ... Tess (as Katie McClain)
Norman Steinberg ... Sandy
Richard Warwick ... Technical Director
Rex Benson ... Makeup Man

Denver Mattson ... Thug #1

George Fisher ... Thug #2
Bob Terhune ... Thug #3

Nick Dimitri ... Thug #4
Phil Adams ... Stagehand #1
Richard E. Butler ... Stagehand #2 (as Richard Butler)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vince Brocato ... Walla Walla (voice)

Lana Clarkson ... Girl in Old Gold Cigarette Pack (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Neighborhood Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Benjamin 
 
Writing credits
Norman Steinberg (screenplay) and
Dennis Palumbo (screenplay)

Dennis Palumbo (story)

Produced by
Michael Gruskoff .... producer
Art Levinson .... associate producer
Mel Brooks .... executive producer (uncredited)
Joel Chernoff .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ralph Burns (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Chew (edited by)
 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Donald J. Remacle  (as Don Remacle)
 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
 
Makeup Department
Ruby Ford .... hair stylist
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup (as Dan Striepeke)
 
Production Management
A. Kitman Ho .... unit production manager: New York
Art Levinson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... first assistant director
Duncan Henderson .... second assistant director (as Duncan S. Henderson)
Stephen Wertimer .... second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Merle Eckert .... chief carpenter: New York
Arthur Gelb .... graphics designer
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator
Herbert F. Mulligan .... set decorator: New York (as Herb Mulligan)
Gregory Pickrell .... set designer
Michael J. Smith .... construction coordinator
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Kandy Stern .... set designer (as Kandy Berley Stern)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Duff Miller .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John H. Arrufat .... sound effects editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
David B. Cohn .... dialogue editor
Mia Goldman .... assistant sound editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Jerry Jost .... production sound mixer
Gregg Landaker .... rerecording mixer
Steve Maslow .... rerecording mixer
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer: New York (as Chris Newman)
Bill Varney .... rerecording mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor (uncredited)
Dan Yale .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Schulthies .... special effects (as Charles R. Schulthies)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (as Matthew J. Yuricich)
 
Stunts
Norman Howell .... stunt player
Steve Lerner .... stunt player
John Moio .... stunt player
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Picerni .... stunt player (as Charles Picerni)
John Romano .... stunt player
Philip Romano .... stunt player
Tony Santoro .... stunt player
James Winburn .... stunt player (as James B. Winburn)
Konrad Sheehan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator: New York
Richard J. Edesa .... camera operator (as Richard Edesa)
Mike Ginsberg .... still photographer: New York
Len Hekel .... still photographer (as Leonard Hekel)
Marc Hirschfeld .... first assistant cameraman (as Marc D. Hirschfeld)
Adam Kimmel .... second assistant cameraman: New York
James McGrath .... key grip: New York
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... second assistant cameraman (as Donald Thorin Jr.)
Louis Tobin .... gaffer (as Lou Tobin)
Bob West .... key grip (as Robert G. West)
 
Casting Department
Ellen Chenoweth .... casting: Los Angeles
Lois Planco .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Mahagay .... wardrobe supervisor
Eric H. Sandberg .... costumer: men's
Dolores Zuniga .... costumer: women's
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Gregory B. Peña .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Dittmar .... color timer
Howard Heard .... assistant film editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
David Solomon .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor: La Da Productions
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carolyn Bauer .... assistant to Mr. Benjamin
Karen Day .... production auditor
W. Paul Henley .... location manager
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Ingrid Johanson .... production coordinator: New York
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Debra Leventhal .... secretary to the producer
James McCabe .... location manager (as Jim McCabe)
Larry Rapaport .... location manager: New York
Jaimie Raskin .... production assistant
Willie E. Simmons Jr. .... production assistant (as Willie Simmons)
Juanita Smith .... assistant: to Mr. Steinberg
Armand Speca .... assistant to the producer
Jean Urban .... production secretary
Randy Auerbach .... assistant: Mr. Brooks (uncredited)
Randy Auerbach .... assistant: to Mr. Brooks (uncredited)
Sam Irvin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Dan Roth .... adr voice (uncredited)
Lucy Chase Williams .... secretary: Michael Gruskoff (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
92 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The part of Lil, the wardrobe lady, was played by Selma Diamond. She herself was a writer for "Your Show of Shows" (1950), the television program on which the film was based.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Alan Swann:Who is that gorgeous-looking creature over there?
Maitre d':Oh, no, Mr. Swann. This is exactly the way it started last time.
Alan Swann:In that case, we'll just order dinner... for now.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #16.37" (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Somebody Stole My GalSee more »

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53 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A Perfect Film Comedy!, 18 October 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

Have you ever watched a film and wished it wouldn't end? Where you loved all the characters, adored each scene, and laughed at every joke, even after you'd seen the film so many times that you could quote the dialog? MY FAVORITE YEAR is that kind of movie!

Directed with gusto by Richard Benjamin, the film is both a loving tribute to Sid Caesar's 'Your Show of Show', and the remarkable talents that brought it together each week, and a sincere homage to Errol Flynn, whose antics and larger-than-life persona, in the waning years of his life, still had a kind of magic that could enthrall a shy young fan, or make a woman swoon.

Three dynamic performances dominate the film. Mark Linn-Baker, as Benjy Stone, based on the young Mel Brooks, is a shy kid who hides his insecurities behind a rapid-fire wit. The dazzling young star in a staff of comedy 'pros', Stone suffers from an unrequited love from fellow staffer K. C. Downing (Jessica Harper), and has an inspiration, inviting legendary swashbuckler Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole) to appear on the show. As King Kaiser, star of the hit series, Joseph Bologna captures much of Sid Caesar's legendary physical 'presence' and irreverence to authority. When threatened by gangsters over a 'too close to home' series of parodies about crime boss Karl Rojeck (portrayed with brute menace by veteran actor Cameron Mitchell), Kaiser 'thumbs his nose' at them, mimicking the gangster mercilessly. "I'll KEEP doing it!" he taunts. "Why? Because it's FUNNY!"

Then there is Peter O'Toole's 'Alan Swann'. With his own career a roller coaster ride of alcoholism, resulting in the near destruction of his health, no actor could have 'channeled' Errol Flynn better. Just as Flynn, by the 1950s, was a nearly burned-out roué, his classic good looks long gone, O'Toole's matinee-idol appearance, after years of self-abuse, had aged into a gaunt mask, making Benji Stone's film montage of 'classic' clips more poignant. What Flynn still had, in abundance, were charm and a ready wit, and O'Toole's 'Swann' is so enchanting a personality that you can't help but love him, and root for him to succeed.

From the opening nostalgic strains of Nat King Cole's rendition of 'Stardust', through Benjy's futile effort to attempt to keep Swann sober (Red Skelton loved to tell how he kept Flynn sober on his program...he emptied all of the actor's bottles of vodka, replacing it with water...and Flynn couldn't tell the difference!), to a riotous Swann dinner with Benjy's family, to the near-disastrous broadcast, with Swann developing stage fright, and Kaiser brawling with mob enforcers...MY FAVORITE YEAR has one glorious scene after another, each unforgettable!

One of the AFI's '100 Greatest Film Comedies', MY FAVORITE YEAR will bring a tear to your eye, even as you laugh. It was a time of legends, and heroes who would live up to boyhood dreams.

Film comedy doesn't get any better than this!

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