As Benjy watches out for Alan, or at least tries to keep up with him, they learn much about each other, including the fact that they each have family they prefer to hide from the rest of the world. 's affluent parents. Swann gets drunk and rushes from the studio. Benjy Stone reminisces about one week in his life back in 1954 - his favorite year - when television, especially live comedy shows, were just coming into their own as popular entertainment. Conditions of Use International | As the "Boss Hijack" sketch gets underway, Rojeck's men show up backstage and begin beating up Kaiser. It's a new medium and the rules were not fully established. Synopsis [2], My Favorite Year was the first directing effort for actor Richard Benjamin who was an NBC page at 30 Rock in 1956. Brooks told him that Gorilla at Large (which starred Mitchell and Brooks' wife Anne Bancroft) was his favorite film and asked him if he wanted to play a Jimmy Hoffa-type character in a movie for him. [4], My Favorite Year opened in theaters on October 1, 1982 to $2,400,696 (#3, behind An Officer and a Gentlemen's eleventh weekend and E.T. However, when he shows up, he turns out to be a roaring drunk, and Kaiser is ready to "dump him" until Benjy intervenes, promising to keep the "washed-up jaboni" sober during the week leading up to his scheduled appearance.

It stars Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, and Joseph Bologna.O'Toole was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Alan Swann, an Erol Flynn type actor with a drinking problem is to be that week's guest star. The picture is a little naturally soft due to how its lit and keeping things natural in many darkened settings. In the end, both learn lessons in life from the other. Daily | Taglines As a special upcoming guest, they get the still-famous Swann, who is largely washed up. In the early days of television, Benjy works as a junior comedy writer for a variety show named Comedy Cavalcade, starring Stan "King" Kaiser broadcast live from the NBC studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. by IMDbPro - an

A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. Swann's unpredictability, in part in combination with issues regarding the show's on-going 'Boss Hijack' sketch, which was based on real life mobster Karl Rojeck, led to an interesting end to the week for both Benjy and Swann. [1] It stars Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, and Joseph Bologna. O'Toole was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In a subplot, Benjy tries, clumsily and over-enthusiastically, to win the affections of co-worker K.C. He said that Flynn's appearance on Your Show of Shows was uneventful and that none of the writers had much interaction with Flynn, became his friend, or took him home to dinner. All Time | My Favorite Year is a 1982 backstage comedy that returns to the wild days of live television.

He was then a junior writer on one such show, "Comedy Cavalcade", starring the demanding and egotistical Stan 'King' Kaiser. Menu. Mitchell accepted and was cast in the film as "Boss" Rojeck. Parents Guide. company. With Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna. Downing. Laughter on the 23rd Floor, written by Simon for the stage and later a television film, included thinly disguised versions of Sid Caesar and his staff. [3], Cameron Mitchell recalled that he met Mel Brooks when both were having lunch at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Commissary. A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

[citation needed], The film was based on an original script by Norman Steinberg. Benjy narrates the epilogue, relating that Swann, his confidence bolstered, gets the nerve to visit his daughter the next day, and the two apparently have a heartfelt reunion. Benjy Stone is a young writer on a major comedy-variety show. It was enjoyable enough; even though the book published almost 20 years ago, it still possesses much currency and certain pieces were an absolute joy to read, particularly Olly Wicken's ballboy-eye view of Watford's 74-75 campaign. Disruptive events, ambiguous between sabotage and random accidents, are noted after Kaiser belligerently refuses to stop performing the "Boss Hijack" sketches. [citation needed], According to Brooks, the character of Rookie Carroca was based on a Filipino sailor in the U.S. Navy who was his neighbor in Brooklyn.

My Favorite Year Movie Review Summary. He tells an amazing story that happened to him in 1954. The fight spills onto the stage during the live broadcast (with the audience thinking that it is part of the comedy sketch). Both were nominated for Tony Awards for their performances.