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Career (1959)

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More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?



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Credited cast:
Maurice 'Maury' Novak
Sam Lawson
Sharon Kensington
Shirley Drake
Barbara Lawson Helmsley
Robert Middleton ...
Marjorie Burke
Allan Burke
Charlie Gallagher
Chuck Wassil ...
Eric Peters
Mary Treen ...
Marie, Secretary to Shirley Drake
Yuki Shimoda ...
Alan Hewitt ...
Matt Helmsley
Marjorie Bennett ...
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Mrs. Eglevsky


More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

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Carolyn Jones was originally cast as "Sharon Kensington" but switched roles with Shirley MacLaine in order to play Shirley Drake because she wanted the less flamboyant role. See more »


Sharon Kensington: Oh, what a lovely name. I love that name. You know, the first man I ever completely destroyed was named Sam. He's a hairdresser now.
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Great tale of an aspiring actor
25 October 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

This is the journey of Sam Lawson-from aspiring young actor to aspiring old actor. Along the way he befriends the fair weather couple(McLain and Martin) and unwittingly joins the communist party. A Hollywood milestone, this movie actually flirted with the idea that the Hollywood blacklist might be irrelevant. Franciosa in the best performance of his life, and a great supporting cast make this a must see.

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