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
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Did You Know?
The role of David Kolowitz was originated on Broadway by Alan Arkin
, who won a 1963 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play. Arkin also won a 1963 Theatre World Award. See more
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
You know, Wanda, you're beginning to sound exactly like my mother.
David, I didn't come here to be insulted.
References Gunga Din
by Quincy Jones
, Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter See more