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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
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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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Onde começa o sucesso  »

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Rob Reiner's film debut. See more »

Goofs

The story is taking place in 1938, but all the women's hairstyles, particularly those of Elaine May and Nancy Kovack are strictly 1967. See more »

Quotes

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 Lost Horizon (1937) See more »

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Enter Laughing
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter
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Underrated gem with great character actors.
7 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A terrific movie whose human and humorous story is enlivened by an ensemble company of great character actors at the top of their form: Shelley Winters as the archetypal manipulative mom, Jack Gilford as the tough but sympathetic boss, Ferrer and May, Richard Deacon as the long-suffering stage manager, Michael G. Pollard as the best friend, and Don Rickles as the put-upon Harry Hamburger.

But Ferrer gets two of my favorite lines in all of cinema. Walking by as Rickles and Santoni exchange pants -- don't ask -- he says, "We don't GO for that sort of thing." And, forced to complement Santoni after a disastrous performance, he mutters to himself, "Thank God I'm an alcoholic!"


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