What follows is delightful: a series of pratfalls and picaresque New York City adventures turned both hysterically funny and sweetly serious by subplots involving Benjy's untouchable love interest, K. C. Downing (Jessica Harper), and crazy family (his mother hilariously played by Lanie Kazan), as well as Swann's daughter Tess, from whom he is estranged.
Continue reading for more about My Favorite Year. Benjy and Alan develop a relationship through it all, and there is some disappointment as Benjy realizes Alan doesn't quite live up to his heroic image. But nothing ever drags this little film down, packed as it is with O'Toole's sophisticated gags and innocently wide baby blues.
He even manages to charm Kaiser during rehearsals, but disappears before showtime upon learning he'll be performing on live television ("I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!"), throwing everyone into a tizzy.
What happens next is an ending for the ages, which we won't divulge -- but rest assured that it is happy and will leave a sweet spot in your heart.
Susan Froyd, in another life, toiled for a few years in some of Denver's most beloved and belated repertory cinemas. She has also seen a lot of movies over a lot of years. In this weekly series, she'll recommend forgotten films, classics, cult favorites and other dusty reels of celluloid from the past. You might like it.