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The One and Only (1978) Poster

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This is Sarah Silverman's all-time favorite personal movie.
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At one point the entire family is watching Your Show of Shows (1950) starring Sid Caesar, the TV program on which director Carl Reiner first made his mark.
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Actor Henry Winkler first became aware of the script for this movie when he ran into actor Dustin Hoffman in a doorway of a New York building. Hoffman talked for about three minutes about some screenplays he owned the rights to and about a year later Winkler received a copy of this film's script.
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Andy Schmidt (Henry Winkler)'s first wrestling match was billed as "War Hero Smith versus Indian Joe".
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Actor Henry Winkler is seen sporting peroxided blonde hair in this movie. The name of the blonde-haired ballet-costume wearing wrestling character with a harem of girls that Andy Schmidt (Henry Winkler) creates was called "The Lover" or "The Great Lover', and he is 'The One And Only' of the film's title. The character and film's story was based on glamor wrestler Gorgeous George (real name George Raymond Wagner) and his career. This picture was made and released about fifteen years after Gorgeous George had passed away. Winkler once commented that George had blond curls and sprayed himself in the ring with perfume, "If that doesn't shatter my Fonz image, nothing will!".
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This movie was made and released about 27 years after the year in which it is set, 1951. This was the year that the film's wrestler inspiration, Gorgeous George, was at the peak of his fame, being parodied as "Ravishing Ronald" in a Warner Bros. "Merrie Melodies" animated short 'Bunny Hugged' that year. In 1952, George was spoofed by the Bowery Boys in No Holds Barred (1952).
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First produced screenplay for a cinema movie for writer Steve Gordon who went onto helm Arthur (1981). Also, Gordon's only ever screen movie as a producer.
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Final cinema movie until Night Shift (1982) for actor Henry Winkler, a gap of four years. When this picture was made and released, lead actor Henry Winkler was still being seen on television as Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli in Happy Days (1974).
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Playing Mary Crawford, publicity for this picture stated that it was the first major cinema movie in seven years for actress Kim Darby. Darby's last theatrical feature had been in 1971 with The Grissom Gang (1971), in the interim Derby had only appeared on television.
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Part of a cycle of ring fighter movies, mostly boxing, some wrestling, initiated by the box-office and critical success of the Academy Award Best Picture winning boxing movie Rocky (1976). The films include Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Tough Enough (1983), Title Shot (1979), _Raging Bull_, The Champ (1979), Matilda (1978), The Main Event (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Greatest (1977), Body and Soul (1981), Paradise Alley (1978), ...All the Marbles (1981) (aka "The California Dolls"), The One and Only (1978), Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980).
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Roddy Piper:  Uncredited, as Leatherneck Joe Brady. This was Piper's debut film & TV credit.
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