My Favorite Year
Our next Rialto Recommends is MY FAVORITE YEAR and the film was comedic gold when it was released in the Fall of 1982. MY FAVORITE YEAR is a joyful ode to the early days of television, carried with a deft touch and Peter O'Toole's uproariously funny performance. Fledgling comic Benjy Stone (Mark Linn-Baker) can't believe his luck when his childhood hero, the swashbuckling matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole), gets booked to appear on the variety show he writes for. But when Swann arrives, he fails to live up to his silver screen image. Instead, he's a drunken womanizer who suffers from stage fright. Benjy is assigned to look after him before the show, and it's all he can do to keep his former idol from going completely off the rails. MY FAVORITE YEAR is streaming on DirectTV and TCMWatch or is available to rent for a modest fee from Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others.