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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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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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October 1960 (Austria)  »

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Bette Davis was originally sought for the part of "Shirley Drake" and William Holden was considered for "Maurice Novak" (The Hollywood Reporter, 1958). 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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Interesting but Soapy
26 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

An actor is determined to make it to Broadway, even if he loses his family because of his obsession. Based on a play, the film offers an interesting glimpse into show business, but turns into something of a soap opera. The Korean War and McCarthyism, hot-button topics at the time, are somewhat clumsily shoehorned into the story and the final act comes across as contrived. Franciosa has his first big starring role as the struggling actor and he acquits himself well. Martin has typical role as a boozing director who lets success get to his head. MacLaine's free-spirited character is poorly developed. Jones is quite good as Franciosa's agent.

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