Regis Francis Xavier Philbin is an American media personality and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame he served in the Navy, got his television start serving as a page for the Tonight Show in the 1950s. Philbin gained his first network TV exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. Sometimes called "the hardest working man in show business", Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera, his trademarks include his excited manner, his New York accent, his wit, his irreverent ad-libs. Philbin is most known as the host of the New York City-based nationally syndicated talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee starting in 1988, which became Live! with Regis and Kelly starting in 2001, continued on with former football player Michael Strahan after Philbin's departure in 2011. Philbin debuted and hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, the first season of America's Got Talent.
Philbin was born on August 1931 in the Bronx, New York City. His father, Francis "Frank" Philbin, a U. S. Marine who served in the Pacific, was of Irish heritage, his mother, Filomena "Florence", was from an Italian immigrant family of Arbëreshë descent from Greci, Campania. They lived in the Van Nest section of the Bronx. Philbin had a Roman Catholic upbringing, he was named "Regis" because his father wanted him to attend the prestigious Regis High School. It was long believed that Philbin was an only child, but on the February 1, 2007 broadcast of Live with Regis and Kelly, Philbin announced that he did have a brother, Frank M. Philbin, who had died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma several days earlier. Philbin said his brother, 20 years younger than him, had asked not to be mentioned on television or in the press. Philbin attended Our Lady of Solace grammar school in the Bronx, graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in 1949 before attending the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated in 1953 with a sociology degree.
He served in the United States Navy as a supply officer went through a few behind-the-scenes jobs in television and radio before moving into the broadcasting arena. In his earliest show business work, Philbin was a page at The Tonight Show in the 1950s, he wrote for Los Angeles-based talk show host Tom Duggan and nervously filled in one night when the hard-drinking Duggan didn't show up. He was an announcer on The Tonight Show in 1962. In 1957, Regis left his job as assistant news editor to Baxter Ward at KCOP, Los Angeles to make his fortune in New York, his replacement at KCOP was George Van Valkenburg. His first talk show was The Regis Philbin Show on KOGO-TV in San Diego. For financial reasons, he had no writing staff, so he began each show with what has become his hallmark, the "host chat" segment, where he engaged his audience in discussions about his life and the day's events. In 1964, Westinghouse Broadcasting picked up Philbin's talk show for national syndication in the late night time slot.
The show failed to attract many stations and Westinghouse replaced Philbin with Merv Griffin. Philbin gained his first network TV exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show on television. In a Johnny Carson-Ed McMahon vein, Bishop would playfully tease Philbin and he would take the barbs in stride, but his feelings were hurt when he learned from the network grapevine that ABC executives were dissatisfied with his work and his thick accent, so during the opening of one 1968 program, he launched an unplanned diatribe about "not being wanted and letting down" the program and abruptly quit on air. A few nights assured by Bishop that all was well and the barbs were not personal, Philbin returned; as revealed in his book, How I Got This Way, this was all a ruse planned by Bishop and Regis to steal the spotlight and attract some of Johnny Carson's viewers. When The Joey Bishop Show was canceled, Bishop returned the favor and walked off the show on the air unannounced, leaving Philbin to carry the night on his own.
In 1964, Philbin took over the show that replaced The Steve Allen Show when Steve Allen left the show. The audience did not accept Philbin as a replacement for Allen's zany antics and the appearance lasted only a little over four months because of dismal ratings. Johnny Carson was too strong in the ratings for the same time slot. According to Philbin, Carson was his inspiration. From 1975 to 1981, he co-hosted A. M. Los Angeles, a local morning talk show on KABC-TV, first with Sarah Purcell with Cyndy Garvey. Philbin's presence brought the show from the bottom of the local ratings to No. 1. During the early 1970s, Philbin commuted each weekend to St. Louis, where he filmed Regis Philbin's Saturday Night in St. Louis on KMOX-TV. A 1978 book called The Great 1960s Quiz, authored by Dan Carlinsky, asked, "Who was Regis Philbin?" The answer was "Joey Bishop's sidekick on his late night show." Philbin's trivial national media presence would soon be revived. In 1981, Philbin and Mary Hart co-hosted a national morning variety series for NBC.
The show lasted 18 weeks. After Garvey left Los Angeles in 1982 and moved to New York City, Philbin rejoined her on The Morning Show, on WABC-TV. At the time, the 9 am time slot for WABC suffered from low Nielsen ratings because of competition from WNBC-TV's Donahue and WCBS-TV's game show block feat
Maverick (TV series)
Maverick is an American Western dramatic television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins and starring James Garner. The show ran for five seasons from September 22, 1957, to July 8, 1962, on ABC. Maverick starred James Garner as Bret Maverick, an adroitly articulate cardsharp. Eight episodes into the first season, he was joined by Jack Kelly as his brother Bart Maverick, for the remainder of the first three seasons and Kelly alternated leads from week to week, sometimes teaming up for the occasional two-brother episode; the Maverick brothers were poker players from Texas who traveled the American Old West by horseback and stagecoach, on Mississippi riverboats getting into and out of life-threatening trouble of one sort or another involving money, women, or both. They would find themselves weighing a financial windfall against a moral dilemma, their consciences always trumped their wallets. When Garner left the series after the third season due to a legal dispute, Roger Moore was added to the cast as cousin Beau Maverick.
As before, the two starring Mavericks would alternate as series leads, with an occasional "team-up" episode. Partway through the fourth season Robert Colbert replaced Moore and played a third Maverick brother, Brent. No more than two series leads appeared together in the same episode, most episodes only featured one. All two-Maverick episodes included Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick. For the fifth and final season, the show returned to a "single Maverick" format, as it had been in the first eight episodes, with all the remaining new episodes starring Kelly as Bart; the new episodes, alternated with reruns from earlier seasons starring Garner. Budd Boetticher directed several of the early episodes of the first season. Robert Altman wrote and directed the episode entitled "Bolt from the Blue", starring Roger Moore, in the fourth season; the show was part of the Warner Bros. array of TV Westerns, which included Cheyenne, Colt.45, Bronco, The Alaskans, Sugarfoot. James Garner portrayed both Bret Maverick and, in one episode, Beau "Pappy" Maverick.
Bret Maverick is the epitome of a poker-playing rounder, always seeking out high-stakes games and remaining in one place for long. The show is credited with launching Garner's career, although he had appeared in several movies, including Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend with Randolph Scott, had filmed an important supporting role in Sayonara with Marlon Brando, which wasn't released until December 1957 but had been viewed by Huggins and the Warner Bros. staff casting their new television series. Maverick bested The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show in the television ratings. Huggins inverted the usual cowboy hero characteristics familiar to television and movie viewers of the time. Bret Maverick was vocally reluctant to risk his life, though he ended up being courageous in spite of himself, he flimflammed adversaries, but only those who deserved it. Otherwise he was honest to a fault, in at least one case insisting on repaying a questionable large debt. None of the Mavericks were fast draws with a pistol.
Bart once commented to a lady friend, "My brother Bret can outdraw me any day of the week, he's known as the Second Slowest Gun in the West." However, it was impossible for anyone to beat them in any sort of a fistfight the one cowboy cliché that Huggins left intact. Critics have referred to Bret Maverick as arguably the first TV anti-hero, have praised the show for its photography and Garner's charisma and subtly comedic facial expressions.. Jack Kelly played Uncle Bentley Maverick. Though Garner was supposed to be the only Maverick, the studio hired Jack Kelly to play brother Bart, starting with the eighth episode; the producers had realized that it took over a week to shoot a single episode, meaning that at some point the studio would run out of finished episodes to televise during the season, so Kelly was hired to rotate with Garner as the series lead, using two separate crews. In Bart's first episode, "Hostage!", in order to engender audience sympathy for the new character, the script called for him to be tied up and beaten by an evil police officer.
According to series creator Roy Huggins in his Archive of American Television interview, the two brothers were purposely written to be virtual clones, with no apparent differences inherent in the scripts whatsoever. This included being traveling poker players, loving money, professing to be cowards, spouting enigmatic words of advice their "Pappy" passed down to them, carrying a $1,000 bill pinned to the inside of a coat for emergency purposes. There was, one distinct—but accidental—difference between the two. Garner's episodes tended to be more comedic due to his obvious talent in that area, while Kelly's were inclined to be more dramatic. Huggins noted in the aforementioned Archive of American Television interview that Kelly, while funnier than Garner "off camera", dropped a funny line while shooting a scene "like a load of coal." Garner, at 6 feet 3 inches, was two inches taller than the more slender Kelly, leading a character in one episode to refer to Garner as "the big one" and the 6'1" Kelly as "the little one."
To get disappointed viewers used to the idea of a second Maverick, Garner filmed a series of brief vignettes that aired at the beginning of the Kelly-only episo
King of Hockey
King of Hockey is a 1936 American drama film directed by Noel M. Smith and written by George Bricker; the film stars Dick Purcell, Anne Nagel, Marie Wilson, Wayne Morris, George E. Stone and Joseph Crehan; the film was released by Warner Bros. on December 19, 1936. College hockey hero Gabby Dugan turns professional, he and new teammate/roommate Jumbo Mullins become acquainted with the O'Rourke sisters and Peggy, who bring their family to a game. Prior to the game, Gabby is approached by gambler Nick Torga offering to pay him to intentionally take penalties that will harm his team chances, he refuses the offer but nonetheless proceeds to intentionally take penalties because the O'Rourkes sit next the penalty box and his being sent there allows him to court Kathleen. Noting Gabby's excessive penalties but unaware of his true motives, Nick assumes Gabby has decided to help him after all and sends a payment to his residence. Upon seeing the money, Jumbo concludes that Gabby has agreed to take payment in exchange for intentionally losing games.
When Jumbo accuses Gabby directly, they Jumbo clubs Gabby over the head with a stick. Gabby's head injury results in a degradation of his eyesight, his doctor advises him to begin wearing glasses to head off further damage, but Gabby refuses, planning to make it through the remainder of the playoff season first. In the meantime, team officials have noticed his seeming intent upon taking penalties and are now suspicious that he's involved in throwing games for gamblers. In the next game, Gabby's poor eyesight causes him to play poorly, including shooting the puck into his own team's net. For the coach, this confirms his suspicions and he has Gabby kicked out of the league. Meanwhile, the delay in treating his eyesight causes him to go blind; the only hope for restoring Gabby's eyesight is an operation. But he stubbornly refuses to ask for help not from the wealthy Kathleen, he instead retreats into a life a solitude; when Jumbo comes across Gabby one day, Gabby explains what had occurred but still angrily demands to be left alone.
Jumbo reports the situation to Kathleen, who visits Gabby herself and convinces him to have the operation. In the end, Gabby's eyesight is restored and he resumes both his on-ice heroics and his romance with Kathleen. Dick Purcell as Gabby Dugan Anne Nagel as Kathleen O'Rourke Marie Wilson as Elsie Wayne Morris as Bill'Jumbo' Mullins George E. Stone as Nick Torga Joseph Crehan as Mike Trotter Ann Gillis as Peggy'Princess' O'Rourke Gordon Hart as Dr. Vernon Noble Dora Clement as Mrs. O'Rourke Guy Usher as Mr. O'Rourke Garry Owen as Jitters McCarthy, the Referee Max Hoffman Jr. as Torchy Myers George Beranger as Evans, Kathleen's Chauffeur Frank Faylen as Swede Frank Bruno as Loogan Harry Davenport as Tom McKenna King of Hockey on IMDb
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Bellevue Hospital, founded on March 31, 1736, is the oldest public hospital in the United States. Located on First Avenue in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, Bellevue Hospital is home to FDNY EMS Station 08 NYC EMS Station 13, it handles nearly 460,000 non-ER outpatient clinic visits, nearly 106,000 emergency visits and some 30,000 inpatients each year. More than 80 percent of Bellevue's patients come from the city's medically underserved populations; the hospital occupies a 25-story patient care facility with an ICU, digital radiology communication and an outpatient facility. The hospital has an attending physician staff of 1,200 and an in-house staff of about 5,500. Bellevue was renamed NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in November 2015 as a reflection of its parent organization's rebranding. In 2014 Bellevue was ranked 40th overall in the New York metro area and 29th in New York City by U. S. News and World Report. Bellevue traces its origins to the city's first permanent almshouse, a two-story brick building completed in 1736 on the city common, now City Hall Park.
In 1798, the city purchased Belle Vue farm, a property near the East River several miles north of the settled city, used to quarantine the sick during a series of yellow fever outbreaks. When the grid system of streets was established in 1811, the survey had to take the hospital into account, the placement of First Avenue on the grid is due to the location of Bellevue; the hospital was formally named Bellevue Hospital in 1824. By 1787 Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons had assigned faculty and medical students to Bellevue. Columbia faculty and students would remain at Bellevue for the next 181 years, until the restructuring of the academic affiliations of Bellevue Hospital in 1968. New York University faculty began to conduct clinical instruction at the hospital in 1819. In 1849, an amphitheater for clinical teaching and surgery opened. In 1861, the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, the first medical college in New York with connections to a hospital, was founded. By 1873, the nation's first nursing school based on Florence Nightingale's principles opened at Bellevue, followed by the nation's first children's clinic in 1874 and the nation's first emergency pavilion in 1876.
For this reason the name Bellevue is sometimes used as a metonym for psychiatric hospitals. Bellevue initiated a residency training program in 1883; the Carnegie Laboratory, the nation's first pathology and bacteriology laboratory, was founded there a year followed by the nation's first men's nursing school in 1888. By 1892, Bellevue established a dedicated unit for alcoholics. In 1902, the administrative Bellevue and Allied Hospitals organization were formed by the city, under president John W. Brannan. B&AH included Gouverneur Hospital, Harlem Hospital, Fordham Hospital. B&AH opened doors to black physicians. In the midst of a tuberculosis epidemic a year the Bellevue Chest Service was founded. Bellevue opened the nation's first ambulatory cardiac clinic in 1911, followed by the Western Hemisphere's first ward for metabolic disorders in 1917. New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner began on the second floor in 1918. German spy and saboteur Fritz Joubert Duquesne escaped the hospital prison ward in 1919 after having feigned paralysis for nearly two years.
PS 106, the first public school for the disturbed children located in a public hospital, opened at Bellevue in 1935. In 1939, David Margolis began work on nine Work Projects Administration murals in entrance rotunda titled Materials of Relaxation, which were completed in 1941. Bellevue became the site of the world's first hospital catastrophe unit the same year. In 1960. New York City's Office of the chief Medical Examiner moved out of the second floor and into its new building at 520 First Avenue, but still maintained close relations with Bellevue. In 1962, Bellevue established the first intensive care unit in a municipal hospital, in 1964, Bellevue was designated as the stand-by hospital for treatment of visiting presidents, foreign dignitaries, injured members of the City's uniformed services, United Nations diplomats. Bellevue joined the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation as one of 11 acute care hospitals in 1970. In 1981, Bellevue was certified as an official heart station for cardiac emergencies.
In 1990, it established an accredited residency training program in Emergency Medicine. The building that served as the hospital's psychiatric facility started to be used as a homeless intake center and a men's homeless shelter in 1998; the publication of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary magazine to arise from a medical center, commenced in 2001. In April 2010, plans to redevelop the former psychiatric hospital building as a hotel and conference center connected to NYU Langone Medical Center fell through; the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 required evacuation of all patients due to power failure and flooding in the basement generators. Multiple firsts were performed at Bellevue in its early years. In 1799, it opened t
That Nazty Nuisance
That Nazty Nuisance is a 1943 American featurette, one of Hal Roach's Streamliners and directed by Glenn Tryon. The film is known as Double Crossed Fool and The Last Three, it is a sequel to The Devil with Hitler. Germany's Führer Adolf Hitler embarks on a secret journey to the oriental country of Norom to negotiate a treaty with the blood-thirsty High Chief Paj Mub because Paj Mub insists on meeting Hitler instead of making relations through Hitler's emissary, Kapitän von Popoff. Despite Hitler's insistence that they shouldn't be told and Goebbels' efforts to mislead them, his Axis partners Benito Mussolini of Italy and General Suki Yaki of Japan unsolicitedly appear at the submarine dock and invite themselves to the trip. However, at the same time an American supply ship has just been sunk by a German U-boat, although the crew unter their skipper, Captain Spense, escapes in a lifeboat, they incidentally land on Norom, where they discover the High Chief's camp, as Seaman Benson does some reconnaissance, he meets Kela, the young female assistant to an alcoholic magician, who tells him that her master was hired by Paj Mub for an exclusive performance in honor of Hitler's upcoming reception.
Benson spontaneuously hits upon the plan to impersonate the magician and sneaks into the camp, where Kela instructs him in the use of the magician's props. At the same time and the rest of his men witness Hitler arriving and disembarking at the island, decide to investigate. Forewarned by Popoff not to displease the High Chief and his partners meet Paj Mub, who invites them to dinner before he will sign the treaty. However, Benson does his best to ruin the meeting: first, by spiking the served soup with pepper switching the guests' wine with kerosene. Benson as the magician is brought in and demonstrates the magic trunk illusion, switching Kela for himself; the Paj Mub insists that one of the three Axis partners go into the box next. Hitler refuses on the grounds that he likes his appearance, Mussolini begs off due to his girth, so Suki Yaki goes into the trunk. There, he accidentally gets knocked unconscious by Kela, trying to fend off a orang-utan who discovered the tunnel under the trunk; because of this, the ape takes Kela's intended place in the trick amusing the Paj Mub.
He agrees to sign the contract, but as "Suki Yaki" is supposed to sign before the High Chief, the ape squirts Hitler and Mussolini with ink, prompting Paj Mub to consider signing the treaty the next morning and sticking the ape in the same tent as his foreign guests for the night. As the festivities take place and his men capture the submarine which brought the Axis leaders to Norom. While investigating the High Chief's camp soon afterwards, Spense runs into Benson, who reveals to him the presence of the three most important Axis leaders on this island. Carrying on his plan, Benson wakes Suki Yaki from his unconsciousness and, with the general's help, manages to convince Hitler and Mussolini that Paj Mub intends to betray them. After making it back to the submarine, Hitler demonstrates his gratitude to Benson by punching him off the vessel, but he is surreptitiously pulled out of the water by his crewmates, who keep themselves hidden from the Axis leaders as they enter the boat for the return journey.
As the submarine is underway, the radio operator receives a message that an Allied refugee ship was torpedoed and its passengers massacred, lifting Hitler's mood. Enraged, Benson attempts to teach Hitler a hard lesson, but Spense prevents him from doing so, citing the Geneva Convention's clause of prisoner of war treatment. Benson relents from employing force, but locks Hitler's cabin door and falsely announces through the intercom that the submarine is sinking, sending the Axis leaders into hysterics for a while, before he cheerfully reveals the Americans' presence on the boat. However, Popoff has in the meantime gone mad from Hitler's promise of getting shot for his supposed failure with Paj Mub, he smashes the sub's navigation instruments when he is left unattended, leaving the sailors blind in the sea. The sub runs nose in the air, at the shore of a tropical island. Thinking that the sub is trapped underwater, the desperate Axis leaders decide to have themselves shot to the surface via the torpedo tubes.
The film ends with Benson and Spense beholding Hitler, Suki Yaki and Mussolini being stuck headfirst in the island beach's sands, with their feet treading empty air. Mitchell, Charles P.. The Devil on Screen: Feature Films Worldwide, 1913 through 2000. McFarland. Pp. 79–80. ISBN 0-7864-1049-3; that Nazty Nuisance at the American Film Institute Catalog That Nazty Nuisance on IMDb That Nazty Nuisance is available for free download at the Internet Archive
The Reluctant Dragon (1941 film)
The Reluctant Dragon is a 1941 American film produced by Walt Disney, directed by Alfred Werker, released by RKO Radio Pictures on June 20, 1941. A tour of the then-new Walt Disney Studios facility in Burbank, the film stars radio comedian Robert Benchley and many Disney staffers such as Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Norman Ferguson, Clarence Nash, Walt Disney, all as themselves; the first twenty minutes of the film are in black-and-white, the remainder is in Technicolor. Most of the film is live-action, with four short animated segments inserted into the running time: a black-and-white segment featuring Casey Junior from Dumbo; the total length of all animated parts is 40 minutes. The film starts at Robert Benchley's home as he plays in his swimming pool, shooting darts at toy ducks, it turns out that he is delaying in trying to sell the rights of The Reluctant Dragon to studio head Walt Disney. Benchley's wife convinces him to approach Disney so they drive to the Walt Disney Studios. There, she leaves him at the studio gate.
After his arrival, Benchley dodges an overly officious studio guide named Humphrey. As he wanders around the studio, Benchley stumbles upon a number of the Disney operations and learns about the traditional animation process, some of the facets of which are explained by a staff employee named Doris; the life drawing classroom, where animators learn to caricature people and animals by observing the real thing. A film score and voice recording session featuring Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck, Florence Gill, the voice of Clara Cluck. A foley session for a cartoon featuring Casey Junior from Dumbo. Doris demonstrates the sonovox in this scene, used to create the train's voice; the camera room, featuring a demonstration of the multiplane camera. Upon Benchley's entering the camera room, the film turns from grayscale and black-and-white to Technicolor, prompting the droll Benchley to examine his now red-and-blue tie and his yellow copy of the Reluctant Dragon storybook and comment, "Ahh...
Technicolor!" When Doris arrives to show him around the camera room, she asks Benchley. His answer: "Yes, but you look so much different in Technicolor!" Donald Duck appears on the camera stand to help explain the mechanics of animation and animation photography. The ink-and-paint department, including a Technicolor-showcasing montage of the paint department. Doris presents a completed cel of the titular character from Bambi; the maquette-making department, which makes maquettes to help the animators envision a character from all sides. Some of the maquettes on display included Aunt Sarah, Si, Am from Lady and the Tramp and Captain Hook and Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. On display is a black centaurette from Fantasia, which Benchley admires; the employee on duty makes Benchley a maquette of himself, which many years was purchased and owned by Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones. The storyboard department, where a group of storymen test their idea for a new short on Benchley: Baby Weems; the story is shown to the audience in the form of an animatic, or a story reel, using limited animation.
Loaned out by 20th Century Fox to direct this film, Alfred Werker became the first outside film director to use the storyboard, which the Disney staff had developed from predecessive illustrated scripts during the early-1930s. The room of animators Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Norm Ferguson. Benchley watches Kimball animating Goofy, he and the audience are treated to a preview of a new Goofy cartoon, How to Ride a Horse, the first of the many how-to parodies in the Goofy series. After viewing the Goofy presentation, Benchley witnesses Ferguson animating Pluto. Humphrey, one step behind Benchley the entire film apprehends him and delivers him in person to Walt Disney, in the studio projection room about to screen a newly completed film; as Benchley sits, he hands Disney the animated cel, the maquette, discovers the centaurette in a pocket. Disney invites Benchley to join them; the cartoon starts with an introduction by the narrator of the story. One of the main characters, The Boy, reading a book about knights and bloodthirsty dragons, is introduced.
His father comes claiming to have seen a monster. The Boy reassures his father that it was only a dragon, to which the father panics and runs to the village in fear; the Boy goes to the Dragon's lair, where he is confronted not by a ferocious beast, but a shy, poetry spouting creature. Though surprised at seeing what a nice creature the Dragon is, the Boy befriends him; when he arrives back at the village, the Boy discovers. He runs to tell the Dragon that he should fight him, only to be left disappointed when the Dragon announces that he never fights; the Boy visits Sir Giles, it is revealed that Sir Giles is an old man. The Boy tells Sir Giles that the Dragon will never fight and they decide to visit him. Sir Giles and the Boy visit the Dragon, it t