Enter Laughing (film)

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Enter Laughing
VHS cover
Directed by Carl Reiner
Produced by Carl Reiner
Joseph Stein
Written by Carl Reiner
Screenplay by Carl Reiner
Joseph Stein
Based on Enter Laughing 
by Joseph Stein
Starring Jose Ferrer
Shelley Winters
Elaine May
Jack Gilford
Janet Margolin
Reni Santoni
Music by Quincy Jones
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • February 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Enter Laughing is a 1967 comedy film, directed by Carl Reiner, based on his autobiographical novel and the stage play of the same name. It was Reiner's directorial debut.

The film stars Jose Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Elaine May. It tells the story of a young man (Reni Santoni) from the Bronx trying to break into the theater.

Plot summary[edit]

David Kolowitz (Santoni) works as a delivery boy and assistant for a machine shop in New York City in 1938, and is fascinated with the movies.

Despite the misgivings of his girlfriend Wanda (Janet Margolin), his parents (Winters and David Opatoshu) and his employer (Jack Gilford), David follows the suggestion of a friend (Michael J. Pollard) and becomes involved with an off-Broadway theater company run by Harrison B. Marlowe (Ferrer). He admires Ronald Colman so he uses the stage name "Donald Colman."

It is a margin operation that requires him to pay $5 a week for "tuition." Marlowe's daughter (May) takes a romantic interest in David, who perseveres despite a lack of acting talent and the hostility of Marlowe.

Overcoming all the difficulties, he makes his acting debut and his parents and girlfriend accept his new interest.


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