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My Favorite Year

An enjoyable romp through the early days of television, My Favorite Year [from a story by Dennis Palumbo] provides a field day for a wonderful bunch of actors headed by Peter O'Toole in another rambunctious, stylish starring turn.

With:
Peter O'Toole Mark Linn-Baker Jessica Harper Joseph Bologna Bill Macy Lainie Kazan

An enjoyable romp through the early days of television, My Favorite Year [from a story by Dennis Palumbo] provides a field day for a wonderful bunch of actors headed by Peter O’Toole in another rambunctious, stylish starring turn.

Looking exquisitely ravaged, O’Toole portrays a legendary Hollywood star in the Errol Flynn mold who, in 1954, the year of the title, agrees to make his TV debut on The Comed y Cavalcade. O’Toole is put in the hands of young comedy writer Mark Linn-Baker for safekeeping, latter’s sole responsibility being to keep his idol sober enough to make it through the performance a few days later.

Fully cognizant of the kid’s mission, flamboyant star behaves himself for awhile, but finally falls way off the wagon after enduring a dinner party at the Brooklyn home of Linn-Baker’s mother. It’s madcap farce from then on.

Linn-Baker is quite appealing and engagingly energetic in an excellent screen debut. Jessica Harper is fine as a spunky staffer, Joseph Bologna is wonderfully tyrannical as the show’s star, Bill Macy is particularly funny as an agonized writer and Lainie Kazan hilariously overdoes the Jewish mother bit.

1982: Nomination: Best Actor (Peter O’Toole)

My Favorite Year

Production: Brooksfilms/Gruskoff. Director Richard Benjamin; Producer Michael Gruskoff; Screenplay Norman Steinberg, Dennis Palumbo; Camera Gerald Hirschfeld; Editor Richard Chew; Music Ralph Burns; Art Director Charles Rosen

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: Peter O'Toole Mark Linn-Baker Jessica Harper Joseph Bologna Bill Macy Lainie Kazan

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