My One and Only
is a comedy film
loosely based on a story about
on the road with his mother and brother, with anecdotes that
Hamilton had told to Merv Griffin
Griffin pitched the idea for the script, and had shepherded the
project from idea to production, until his 2007 death. His company
serves as one of the film's producers.
My One and Only
is directed by Richard Loncraine
, written by Charlie
Peters and stars Renée
as Hamilton's mother.
was released on August 21, 2009, in New York City, New
York, and Los Angeles, California.
On September 4, 2009 the release was
expanded to 20 markets across the US. The film was also
released in the Netherlands on August 20, 2009.
City in 1953, Anne Deveraux lives with her bandleader
husband Danny, their 15-year-old son George, and Anne's somewhat
older effeminate son Robbie.
Anne does not seem very
interested in her children's lives, she does not even remember
which school they attend. After catching Danny in an affair Anne
tells him that she leaves him, and that she takes the children with
her. She collects cash money from her safe deposit and sends out
George with it to buy a Cadillac; the salesmen are suspicious, but
Anne drops by later herself.
Anne embarks with Robbie and George on a road trip through the
U.S., in search of a husband to fund a new life for her and her
first stay in Boston and Pittsburgh.
Several men become a disappointment for
Anne. One has financial problems and asks for a large sum of money;
when she does not seem willing to give it, he steals the money in
her purse. One sexually assaults her, one is in love with another
woman. She is about to marry one, but he turns out to be married
already. Anne is briefly put in jail after starting a chat in a bar
with a man who turns out to be an undercover
police officer, and who takes her for
and charges her with
George decides he wants to live with his father, but Danny refuses
because he is often on the road for his work. George is greatly
disappointed and concludes that Danny does not love him. Later,
when George asks Danny why he does not support them financially, he
says he sent money several times, but Anne always returned
not like her sister in St.
Louis, she has always said that she would have to be
desperate to go to her.
Now they go there anyway, so George
concludes that Anne is now officially desperate. While they stay there,
George and this sister agree that he will stay living there when
Anne moves on with Robbie to Los Angeles; he is unhappy with the fact that Anne does not
know things like his favorite color or his favorite book.
Anne first protests, but, to George's surprise, accepts it after
Albuquerque, when Anne and Robbie give a couple a ride, the man
attempts to rob them, threatening Anne with a knife, but he fails
after Robbie points a gun at him and fires a warning shot.
Anne and Robbie invite the woman to come with them, which she
accepts, but later she steals the money of Anne and Robbie. They
phone George, and he leaves his aunt, who reluctantly gives him the
money left from what she received for allowing George to live
there, and travels to Anne and Robbie.
an amateur actor and wants to be a professional in Hollywood.
George wants to be a writer and move to New
York. Danny dies and George goes to the funeral in New York, and
stays there. However, later he returns to Los Angeles, and it turns
out that George is better at acting than Robbie, therefore George
decides to stay in California with Anne and Robbie. Robbie gets
work in costumes
took place in the Baltimore area beginning on June 9, 2008. Part of this filming
took place in the Institute of Notre Dame private high school. Other locations
Vernon, Baltimore and the 26 acre estate Tyrconnell near Lake Roland. For several weeks in
early August 2008, further filming took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Many of the scenes include the use of an azure blue 1953 Cadillac Eldorado
. The 1953 Eldorado "hero
car" (#87 out of just 532 Cadillac Eldorados made that year) was
used at the film's premiere in New York City on August 18, 2009 at
the Paris Theater, Manhattan.
score to My One and Only was composed by Mark Isham, who recorded it with a 20-piece jazz
orchestra ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the LA Sound Gallery in Burbank,
- Press notes, "Herrick Entertainment Presents 'My One and Only',
A Film by Richard Loncraine"