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Junior writer Benjy Stone sets to work on his new comedy show and prepares to welcome actor Alan Swann as that week's guest star. But when King Kaiser, the show's headliner wants to get rid of Swann, Benjy tries to save his hero and is made chief babysitter.

★★★★

Light comedian-turned-director Richard Benjamin (Goodbye Columbus, Catch-22) created his most enjoyable film via tales of the backstage antics on Sid Caesar's top-rated 50s TV series. Here Joe Bologna is demented megalomaniac King Kaiser, whose live show is doomed to mayhem when drunken has-been swashbuckling movie star Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole) reels on the week's guest slot.

O'Toole, who was nominated for the Best Actor Ocscar in 1983 for his role here, is a riot as the uncontrollable, permanently carousing rake with innocent production assistant/minder Mark Linn-Baker trailing with helpless admiration in his wake.

A sentimental touch too far for some, but there are splendid comic performances by one and all, and some killer gags