King Kaiser (Bologna) needs some better variety in his television variety show. He doesn't mind whose toes he steps on as long as the schtick has the audience rolling in the aisles. The team of writers thinks it would be great to have Alan Swann (O'Toole) as a guest. The concern is the reputation this well-past-his-prime star has dissolute, eccentric behavior. Benjy Stone, the junior-most writer on staff, is assigned to babysit his idol until showtime – several days away. He wants to do well and impress his colleagues and his cute co worker (Harper). But Swann's erratic behavior may prove too much for a nice young boy to handle.
There are direct parallels to reality in the film. The Kaiser show is not unlike Sid Cesar's “Your Show of Shows” and the Swann character is very much a swashbuckling bon vivant patterned after Errol Flynn.
The review of this Movie prepared by ldpaulson