A young would-be actor seeks his first break.

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Harrison B. Marlowe (as Jose Ferrer)
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Mrs. Emma Kolowitz
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Angela Marlowe
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Mr. Foreman
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Wanda
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Mr. Morris Kolowitz
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Marvin
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Harry Hamburger
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Pike
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Linda aka Miss B
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David Kolowitz
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Mr. Schoenbaum
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Clark Baxter
Danny Stein ...
Spencer Reynolds
Milton Frome ...
Policeman
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David Kolowitz, a nice young man living with his parents in New York City in 1938, works at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is to be an actor like his idol, Ronald Colman. One day, at his friend Marvin's suggestion, David tries out for a part in a play, and gets it, despite his obvious lack of acting experience (not to mention ability). True, it's a rather small part in a low-rent production. Leading the troupe is a washed-up, alcoholic actor who hires David at the urging of his actress-daughter, who finds David "cute." To play his part, David must come up with his own costume - a tuxedo - and pay the house five dollars a week, ostensibly for tuition. But it is David's first acting job, one which calls for him to "enter laughing." And if it doesn't work out - well, there's always pharmacy school. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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When David leaves Angela's dressing room, she recites the famous lines from "Romeo and Juliet" ("parting is such sweet sorrow") and he responds with two lines from Rudyard Kipling's "Gunga Din." On Broadway, he originally replied with the opening lines of Joyce Kilmer's poem, "Trees" ("I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.") But midway through the run, the lines were replaced with Kipling's because the authors didn't realize that Kilmer's poem was still under copyright and they would have to pay a fee every time they were recited. In the end, Reiner and author Joseph Stein paid Kilmer's estate $500 and agreed to change the lines. See more »

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David Kolowitz: You know, Wanda, you're beginning to sound exactly like my mother.
Wanda: David, I didn't come here to be insulted.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Enter Laughing
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter
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cute comedy
23 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Enter Laughing" is a delightful film based on Carl Reiner's book about his own early show business experiences. The 1967 film stars Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jose Ferrer, Jack Gilford, Don Rickles, David Opatashu, Janet Margolin, and introduces the attractive Reni Santoni as "Don Coleman," aka David Kolowitz.

The film I believe is supposed to take place in the late 1930s - the first frame is a 1938 Photoplay cover of Tyrone Power - but in all honesty, the clothing and atmosphere only suggest that era. David is a young man living at home, and his parents want him to be a pharmacist. He's not thinking about much of anything except getting laid. He works for a more than tolerant boss (Gifford), flirts with a beautiful secretary in the building (Nancy Kovack, who became Nancy Mehta) and sneaks time on the phone with his girlfriend (Margolin) and imitating Ronald Coleman to her. He decides to try acting and goes to a drama school audition. The school is actually a playhouse run by the seen better days Harrison Marlowe (Jose Ferrer) and his too old to be an ingenue but she's one anyway daughter Angela (Elaine May) starring in a play currently running. At the moment, they're short a leading man. Looking over the prospects - "Clark Baxter," "Spencer Reynolds" and "Don Coleman," she wants Coleman. Unfortunately, David (as Coleman) auditions by reading the stage direction "Enter laughing" as a line.

The hilarity then begins, with David trying to learn an entire script in two days, never having acted before, trying to find his way on stage and being literally thrown on by the stage manager and practicing love scenes with Angela.

The cast is a riot, and if Santoni is a bit wrong for the role, so be it. He has a sweetness and a guilelessness that come across very well. He went on to enjoy a prolific television career and today, at 69, he's still working.

The acting is great, with Elaine May hilarious as Angela, Shelley Winters and David Opatoshu wonderful as his long-suffering parents and Gifford as his boss. Ferrer as the insufferable Marlowe is perfect.

The comedy remains fresh after 40 years. Recommended.


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