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My Favorite Year (1982)

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

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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

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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

Almost twenty years after this movie was released, its director, Richard Benjamin, directed another movie about 1950s live television, Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001). Both films feature a young comedy writer on a 1950s TV show that is based on Your Show of Shows (1950) and stars a Sid Caesar-like comedian. Mark Linn-Baker, who plays one of the writers in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001), plays the young writer in this film, which was produced (uncredited) by Mel Brooks, a fellow writer with Neil Simon on Caesar's 1950s TV show. See more »

Goofs

When Swann first goes out to see Tess in Connecticut, the Chrysler parked in front of Tess' house is a 1955 model that was not yet available at that time of year (before Fall). See more »

Quotes

Alan Swann: Are you still in the fight game?
Rookie Carroca: In a way. I married Benjy's mother.
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Connections

Referenced in Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Stardust
(1927)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish (uncredited) (1929)
Performed off-screen (verse only) by Nat 'King' Cole (uncredited) during the opening credits
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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"I'm Not an Actor...I'm a Movie Star!!"
11 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

The 1982 comedy MY FAVORITE COMEDY was a lovingly made period piece that takes place during a wonderful time in entertainment history...the infancy of live television in the 1950's (or more specifically, YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS). This laugh-filled comic romp follows the adventures of Benji (Mark Linn-Baker), a gopher for COMEDY CALVACADE (this film's version of YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS), who is excited when a swashbuckling actor of the period named Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole) has been booked as a guest on the show turns out to be a skirt-chasing alcoholic who Benji is put in charge of keeping under control until showtime. This movie is a lovely valentine to the 1950's with exquisite period detail and an intelligent screenplay that invokes the period so beautifully. O'Toole gives the performance of a lifetime as Swann, an alternately laugh out loud funny and heartbreakingly warm performance that earned him an Oscar nomination, yet somehow Linn-Baker somehow manages to hold his own and never allows O'Toole to blow him off the screen. O' Toole and Linn-Baker get solid support from Lainie Kazan as Benji's mother, Joseph Bologna as King Kaiser, the star of Comedy Calvacade, Cameron Mitchell as a not-too bright gangster, and Adolph Green as the manic producer of the show. A good looking, smartly-written superbly written comedy that documents a long gone era in entertainment history and tells a warm and amusing story as well.


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