Enter Laughing (film)

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Enter Laughing
VHS cover
Directed by Carl Reiner
Produced by
Written by
Screenplay by
Based on Enter Laughing
by Joseph Stein
Music by Quincy Jones
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by Charles Nelson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)
Running time
111 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.[1] It was Reiner's directorial debut.

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.

The film has never been released on DVD or Blu-Ray.

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 (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.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Enter Laughing". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 

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