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Enter Laughing (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 February 1967 (USA)
A young would-be actor seeks his first break.

Director:

Carl Reiner

Writers:

Joseph Stein (play), Carl Reiner (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Harrison B. Marlowe (as Jose Ferrer)
Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Emma Kolowitz
Elaine May ... Angela Marlowe
Jack Gilford ... Mr. Foreman
Janet Margolin ... Wanda
David Opatoshu ... Mr. Morris Kolowitz
Michael J. Pollard ... Marvin
Don Rickles ... Harry Hamburger
Richard Deacon ... Pike
Nancy Kovack ... Linda aka Miss B
Reni Santoni ... David Kolowitz
Herbie Faye ... Mr. Schoenbaum
Rob Reiner ... Clark Baxter
Danny Stein Danny Stein ... Spencer Reynolds
Milton Frome ... Policeman
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Storyline

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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Here's the hilarious answer to WHY BOYS LEAVE HOME! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Onde começa o sucesso See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Acre Enterprises, Sajo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of David Kolowitz was originated on Broadway by Alan Arkin, who won a 1963 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play. Arkin also won a 1963 Theatre World Award. See more »

Goofs

The story is taking place in 1938, but all the women's hairstyles, particularly those of Elaine May and Nancy Kovack are strictly 1967. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mr. Foreman: It's up to you to do the Hah-cha-cha!
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Connections

References Lost Horizon (1937) See more »

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Enter Laughing
by Quincy Jones, Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter
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Underrated comedy side-splitter
28 January 2004 | by chazbo45See all my reviews

This is a poignant, funny, coming of age film, based loosely on Carl Reiner's introduction to show business during the depression. Teenage David decides to become an actor to the dismay of his mother, played superbly by Shelley Winters, as an ever-suffering Jewish Mom ("Whatever makes you happy"). There are great performances by Jack Gilford as David's old-world boss, worried that he may be mixed up with an Italian girl ("Wanda, I think", he tells David when she calls). Mel Ferrer and Reni Santoni have a hilarious scene, on which the title is based, where David is given the stage direction "Enter Laughing", and does his best to comply, with no success. It brought tears to my eyes. Elaine May sets up punch lines like a pro, and Janet Margolin is adorable as the girlfriend, and Don Rickles has a nice, small role, that suits him well.

The screenplay sounds like it was written by Neil Simon. It should have gotten more recognition. Well Worth seeing.


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