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Career (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama | October 1960 (Austria)
More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

Director:

Joseph Anthony

Writers:

Bert Granet, James Lee (play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Dean Martin ... Maurice 'Maury' Novak
Anthony Franciosa ... Sam Lawson
Shirley MacLaine ... Sharon Kensington
Carolyn Jones ... Shirley Drake
Joan Blackman ... Barbara Lawson Helmsley
Robert Middleton ... Robert Kensington
Donna Douglas ... Marjorie Burke
Jerry Paris ... Allan Burke
Frank McHugh ... Charlie Gallagher
Chuck Wassil Chuck Wassil ... Eric Peters
Mary Treen ... Marie, Secretary to Shirley Drake
Yuki Shimoda ... Yosho
Alan Hewitt ... Matt Helmsley
Marjorie Bennett ... Fan Magazine Columnist
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Storyline

More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1960 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Entre bastidores See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the earliest Hollywood films to mention (pejoratively) the blacklisting of the McCarthy era, although it is rather circumspect about this. See more »

Quotes

Sharon Kensington: Oh, what a lovely name. I love that name. You know, the first man I ever completely destroyed was named Sam. He's a hairdresser now.
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Interesting but Soapy
26 December 2012 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

An actor is determined to make it to Broadway, even if he loses his family because of his obsession. Based on a play, the film offers an interesting glimpse into show business, but turns into something of a soap opera. The Korean War and McCarthyism, hot-button topics at the time, are somewhat clumsily shoehorned into the story and the final act comes across as contrived. Franciosa has his first big starring role as the struggling actor and he acquits himself well. Martin has typical role as a boozing director who lets success get to his head. MacLaine's free-spirited character is poorly developed. Jones is quite good as Franciosa's agent.


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