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The One and Only (1978)

1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary's heart, although she's already otherwise ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andy Schmidt
... Mary Crawford
... Sidney Seltzer
... Mr. Crawford
... Hector Moses
... Mrs. Crawford
... Milton Miller
... Announcer in Des Moines
Anthony Battaglia ... Little Andy
... Arnold - The King
... Autograph Hound
... Sherman
... Agatha Franklen
... Paul Harris
... Indian Joe (as Chavo Guerrero)
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1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary's heart, although she's already otherwise engaged. But getting a job after college turns out much harder than he expected. Most directors take offense at his free interpretation of his roles. Desperate, he tries in wrestling. To avoid getting beaten up he stages the fights - and incidentally invents show-wrestling. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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She had to marry him. She was too embarrassed to have him as a date.

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Comedy | Romance

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3 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Das charmante Großmaul  »

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$16,928,137
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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). See more »

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Andy Schmidt: I'm onto some very big things. Josh Logan called me up. Kazan likes me very much. It's all doing to happen in a matter of days.
Milton Miller: My career is in the shithouse, too.
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THE ONE AND ONLY
Lyric by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Music by Patrick Williams
Sung by Kacey Cisyk
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Not only a great movie about wrestling, but about the people in it
10 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

...I saw this on cable back in the late 1980's as I was a big wrestling fan since 1986. I saw this on VHS in a 'for sale' bin and bought it.

In 1998, I started training as a wrestler after the Air Force and would always go back to watching this to see how it was a very accurate portrayal of people that are involved with wrestling ( families and friends that wouldn't understand us, the travel, the heartbreak, etc. ). Henry Winkler is funny and sometimes sad to watch as nobody else can understand what a genius he is creatively. A great way to separate himself The Fonz character he played on Happy Days at the time. Plus, look at the cast...William Daniels ( Knight Rider ), Polly Holiday ( Alice ), and wrestlers Roddy Piper and Chavo Guerrero Sr. If you get a chance, watch it.


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