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My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 8 October 1982 (USA)
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan Swann
... Benjy Stone
... K.C. Downing
... King Kaiser
... Sy Benson
... Belle Carroca
... Alice Miller
... Herb Lee
... Uncle Morty
... Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto ... Alfie Bumbacelli
... Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ... Lil
... Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ... Connie
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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8 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi año favorito  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$266,009, 3 October 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,123,620
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Cameron Mitchell his Boss character was based on Jimmy Hoffa, while the character of Herb was modeled after Neil Simon. See more »

Goofs

When Benjy and Swann are in the limo after meeting Benjy's family, the drink decanter and glass swap in Swann's hands between the first and second shot. See more »

Quotes

Alice Miller: Sy Benson: a tower of Jell-O.
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Connections

Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Stole My Gal
(1918) (uncredited)
Written by Leo Wood
Played by the band at the Waldorf
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A humane, funny film with a great heart.
20 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

I was born in 1958, so I never saw Your Show of Shows, and needless to say, I never knew there was a famous or infamous incident involving one of my boyhood idols, a very drunk Errol Flynn.Dennis Palumbo, in what is ( sadly) apparently his only effort as a script writer, has taken this incident and woven a very human and very funny film from it. Benjamin's direction is excellent, and Peter O'Toole ( playing, it must be said, a variant of himself), is wonderful, as is most of the rest of the cast. Benjamin shows a sure comic touch in his debut. In short, like Quiz Show, one of the best movies about the fifties, and one of the best movies about the early days of television.


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