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
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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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Can an innocent young man from the Bronx find sin and success on the Broadway stage? See more »

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25 February 1967 (USA)  »

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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 admires a poster for the movie Lost Horizon, which was released in late Thirties when story takes place. But bottom of poster identifies movie as a re-release, something that wouldn't have taken place until years later. See more »

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Pike: Thank God I'm an alcoholic.
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Enter Laughing
by Quincy Jones, Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter
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Impossible to dislike
23 August 2013 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Carl Reiner's debut feature 'Enter Laughing' deserves to be better known than it is. Very sweet, likable and often funny, it almost makes you wish a TV series had resulted from this where you could follow the further adventures of David Kolowitz as he continues his acting pursuits.

There are many fine performances from a standout cast but the highlight is Elaine May who is funny, sexy and charming as David's acting counterpart. Michael J. Pollard is also impressive in his too brief role.

The film has some minor flaws. It struggles to escape its stage origins and at times feels like a recording of a play instead of fully cinematic piece. It doesn't have a great 1930s feel to it, partly because of budget constraints and partly because several of the actors (especially Nancy Kovack) have 1960s hairstyles.

But overall, 'Enter Laughing' is a charming film, well worth seeking out.


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