Enter Laughing (film)
|Directed by||Carl Reiner|
|Produced by||Carl Reiner
|Written by||Carl Reiner|
|Screenplay by||Carl Reiner
|Based on||Enter Laughing
by Joseph Stein
Michael J. Pollard
|Music by||Quincy Jones|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||Charles Nelson|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The film stars Jose Ferrer, Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jack Gilford, Janet Margolin and newcomer Reni Santoni. It tells the story of a young Jewish man from the Bronx trying to break into the theater and launch a career in acting.
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 (Margolin), his parents (Winters and David Opatoshu) and his employer (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.
- Jose Ferrer as Harrison B. Marlowe
- Shelley Winters as Emma Kolowitz
- Elaine May as Angela Marlowe
- Jack Gilford as Mr. Foreman
- Janet Margolin as Wanda
- Reni Santoni as David Kolowitz
- David Opatoshu as Morris Kolowitz
- Don Rickles as Harry Hamburger
- Michael J. Pollard as Marvin
- Richard Deacon as Pike
- Nancy Kovack as Miss B
- Herbie Faye as Mr. Schoenbaum
- Rob Reiner as Clark Baxter
- Danny Stein as Spencer Reynolds
- Milton Frome as Policeman
- Lillian Adams as Theatergoer
- Mantan Moreland as Subway Rider
- Patrick Campbell as Butler
- Peter Brocco as Lawyer Peabody
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