My Favorite Year

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It is 1954, and the larger-than-life, swahbuckling movie star Alan Swann is set to make his first television appearance on the hugely popular show, The Comedy Cavalcade. Given Swann's reputation as a wild, unpredictable alcoholic, the producers give their new writer, young Benjy Stone, the job of babysitting Swann and getting him to the show on time and sober. The experience is far more stressful than Benjy expected, but after some adventures, he and Swann both learn some valuable lessons and develop a friendship.

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Peter O'Toole
as Alan Swann
Mark Linn-Baker
as Benjy Stone
Jessica Harper
as K.C. Downing
Joseph Bologna
as King Kaiser
Bill Macy
as Sy Benson
Lainie Kazan
as Belle Carroca
Anne De Salvo
as Alice Miller
Basil Hoffman
as Herb Lee
Lou Jacobi
as Uncle Morty
Adolph Green
as Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto
as Alfie Bumbacelli
George Wyner
as Myron Fein
Cameron Mitchell
as Karl Rojeck
George Marshall Ruge
as Lord Drummond
Barbra Horan
as Lady Eleanor
John Welsh
as Cubby Brown
Richard Brestoff
as Stage Manager
Philip Bruns
as Fed. Marshal Holt
Jed Mills
as 1st Member
Teresa Ganzel
as Dumpling
Phil Bruns
as Federal Marshal Holt
C. Eleanor Heutschy
as Gossip Columnist
Archie Hahn III
as Delivery Boy
Bob Windsor
as Alvin Horn
Gloria Stuart
as Mrs. Horn
Clyde McLeod
as Club Dancer
Harry Bill Roberts
as Orchestra Leader
Ramon Sison
as Rookie Carroca
Pearl Shear
as Mrs. Kessler
Stanley Brock
as Mr. Berkowitz
Martin Garner
as Mr. Cantor
John Medici
as Scalfoni
Robert G. Denison
as 1st Stockbroker
John Christy Ewing
as 2nd Stockbroker
Vincent Sardi
as Policeman
Richard Warwick
as Technical Director
Rex Benson
as Make-up Man
George Fisher
as 2nd Thug
Bob Terhune
as 3rd Thug
Nick Dimitri
as 4th Thug
Phil Adams
as 1st Stagehand
Richard Butler
as 2nd Stagehand
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Critic Reviews for My Favorite Year

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Audience Reviews for My Favorite Year

  • May 26, 2010
    Excellent Peter O' Toole. The supporting cast and the story work as a vehicle for him to do his thing--and does he ever!
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2010
    A delightfully, zany film and one of my personal favorite comedies of all time. A wonderful reminder of the glorious days of live television, the time is 1954 a young writer Benjy Stone, played terrifically by Mark Linn-Baker who works for TV's top show is given the job to chaperoning that week's guest star, a real skirt chaser with a big drinking problem who is notoriously unreliable, Alan Swann a legendary screen swashbuckler played by Peter O' Toole who is absolutely magnificent in comic tour-de-force performance. Stone must make sure that the tipsy Swann shows for rehearsals and the final production. Brilliant supporting performances Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Lainie Kazan, Anne De Salvo, Lou Jacobi, Apolph, Selma Diamond, Cameron Mitchell, and a smashing directorial debut by Richard Benjamin. Exquisite period detail and a intelligent screenplay, that is full of priceless moments and witty one liners. This is a heartfelt funny movie that works, thanks to the charisma and professionalism of it's star Peter O 'Toole. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2010
    This film is a delight, pure & simple. Peter O'Toole's performance is almost perfect, with just the right balance of humour, drama & pathos. This under-valued classic really desreves more recognition than it ever has received.
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2009
    A really magical little movie that deals with movies, hero worship, and the difficulties of live television in 1954. Peter O'Toole gives an Academy Award nominated performance as Alan Swann, a swashbuckling movie star making an appearance on a telev
    RJ M Super Reviewer

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