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?
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
You know, Wanda, you're beginning to sound exactly like my mother.
David, I didn't come here to be insulted.
References Lost Horizon
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter See more