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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Can an innocent young man from the Bronx find sin and success on the Broadway stage?
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Did You Know?
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
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
You know, Wanda, you're beginning to sound exactly like my mother.
David, I didn't come here to be insulted.
References Gunga Din
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter See more