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. 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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The Broadway production of "Enter Laughing" written by Joseph Stein, based on the novel by Carl Reiner, opened at the Henry Miller's Theater in New York on March 13, 1963 and ran for 419 performances. Michael J. Pollard recreated his stage role in the movie version. See more »

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When David begins to disassemble the machine in Mr. Foreman's machine shop, he places the parts in a wooden box that is sitting on the table. You can also see a paper tag already in the box. After speaking with Wanda on the telephone, he returns to disassembling the machine, but the box is no longer present and he has to retrieve it from underneath the table. The paper tag has also returned to the machine and he places it in the box again. See more »

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Pike: Thank God I'm an alcoholic.
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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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A superb Comedy
5 November 1999 | by (West Coast) – See all my reviews

This film is a classic thanks to a superb and wonderful cast, headed by newcomer then, Reni Santoni. Unless you've had an interest in becoming an actor, you probably won't enjoy the film as much. However, if you ever wanted to be a famous actor or a famous "somebody," this is your movie. The story is set back in the late 1930's about a young man just out of high school who decides he wants to be an actor. His parents, of course, are dead set against the idea. They want him to go to "pharmacy school" to become a druggist. David (Reni Santoni) is determined to become an actor even if it kills him. He starts going to acting school at a local run-down theatre owned by Jose Ferrer. There he begins acting lessons with instructor Ferrer and his daughter Elaine May, in some of the film's funniest moments, as they prepare David for his debut on stage. This is a great film with a great cast that includes Shelley Winters, another then newcomer Don Rickles, David Opatoshu, Michael J. Pollard, Janet Margolin, Rob Reiner, and the very pretty Nancy Kovack. The finale of the film had me rolling on the floor with tears in my eyes from laughing so much. The previous reviewer criticized the casting of Reni Santoni, but this was perfect casting in every way. I love the film and highly recommend it.


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