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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Spencer Reynolds
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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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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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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 A Tale of Two Cities (1935) See more »

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Enter Laughing
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter
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Impossible to dislike
23 August 2013 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Carl Reiner's debut feature 'Enter Laughing' deserves to be better known than it is. Very sweet, likable and often funny, it almost makes you wish a TV series had resulted from this where you could follow the further adventures of David Kolowitz as he continues his acting pursuits.

There are many fine performances from a standout cast but the highlight is Elaine May who is funny, sexy and charming as David's acting counterpart. Michael J. Pollard is also impressive in his too brief role.

The film has some minor flaws. It struggles to escape its stage origins and at times feels like a recording of a play instead of fully cinematic piece. It doesn't have a great 1930s feel to it, partly because of budget constraints and partly because several of the actors (especially Nancy Kovack) have 1960s hairstyles.

But overall, 'Enter Laughing' is a charming film, well worth seeking out.


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