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 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
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 A Tale of Two Cities
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter See more