A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.
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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On his DVD audio-commentary, director Richard Benjamin says how Peter O'Toole, who insisted to do as many of his own stunts as he could, said that the great thing about swashbuckler actors like Errol Flynn, was that they did many or most of their own stunts, so when the audience saw the action sequence, they knew it was really the star in the scene, and not some faked double in a cutaway. This realism gave authenticity and believability to a sequence which would be lost by faked sequences with doubles. See more »
[possibly deliberate] The cardboard cutout that we see of Alan Swann as a young man is neither Peter O'Toole nor Errol Flynn, but Oreste Kirkop, who starred in the second film version of the swashbuckling operetta, "The Vagabond King". "My Favorite Year", however, happens in 1954, and that version of "The Vagabond King" was not released until 1956. See more »
[Handing Benjy a glass]
Stone, you can watch me or you can join me. One of them is more fun.
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The version of "My Favorite Year" syndicated to (American) broadcast television contains at least three extra scenes:
At the beginning of the film, Benjy Stone is carrying a cardboard cutout of Alan Swann into the RCA Building; as he dashes to an elevator in the lobby, the theatrical version jumps to Benjy's arrival in the writers' office. But in the broadcast version, we see Benjy take the elevator up; also on the elevator is K.C., who ignores Benjy's attempts to engage her in conversation.
The broadcast version extends the rehearsal of the "Boss Hijack" sketch to include several more pieces of business, including the illusion of steam shooting out of King Kaiser's ears.
Following Benjy and Alan's wild horse ride through Central Park, the broadcast version adds a shot of the horse parked in front of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Peter O'Toole is at the height of his comic powers in this wonderful homage to Errol Flynn, the 50's, and early live TV. Alan Swann (O'Toole) is a swashbuckling, aging, alcoholic actor billed to appear on television - which is fine until he realises that the thing is going to be broadcast LIVE, which is unthinkable. This prompts severe stage fright and heavy drinking, as he is cojoled with endless patience by his adoring young minder, Benjy Stone, (Mark Linn-Baker).
The film is funny, brilliant, sad, stirring, inspiring, exciting - unique. The cast is perfect from top to bottom A tour de force by O'Toole. Watch it. 'My Favorite Year' should become one of Your Favorite Films. 9 out of 10.
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