Enter Laughing


1h 52m 1967
Enter Laughing

Brief Synopsis

An aspiring actor gets a job with a broken-down theatre company.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Jul 1967
Production Company
Acre-Sajo Co.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein (New York, 13 Mar 1963), which was based on the novel Enter Laughing by Carl Reiner (New York, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Path├ęcolor)

Synopsis

In the 1930's, a teenage Bronx boy, David Kolowitz, works in Mr. Foreman's machine shop as a helper and delivery boy. Most of his time, however, is spent daydreaming of an acting career in which he imagines himself to be a latter-day Ronald Colman. His parents are unsympathetic with David's aspirations, preferring that he become a pharmacist. But, determined to be a part of the theater, David answers an ad for a job as a paying apprentice in a seedy theater troupe headed by gin-guzzling Mr. Marlowe. Mr. Marlowe's daughter and leading lady, Angela, uses her pseudo-glamour to keep David in the company when he begins to develop cold feet. By day he continues to work for Mr. Foreman, albeit aimlessly, while by night he rehearses for his first stage appearance. His girl friend, Wanda, although understanding his desire to become an actor, is jealous of both Angela and the sexy Miss B, the secretary to Harry Hamburger, to whom David makes frequent deliveries. Meanwhile, David's parents are frantically trying to borrow money so as to induce him to withdraw from the play and begin his study of pharmacy without further delay. Nevertheless, the play does go on, with David using his new stage name of Ron Colman; and Mr. and Mrs. Kolowitz, Wanda, and David's buddy, Marvin, are all in the audience. Despite many mishaps--missed lines, missed entrances, and the stiffness of David's acting--everyone goes backstage after the performance to congratulate the new actor. And David's parents, of course, both agree that he was the best one in the show.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Jul 1967
Production Company
Acre-Sajo Co.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein (New York, 13 Mar 1963), which was based on the novel Enter Laughing by Carl Reiner (New York, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Path├ęcolor)

Articles

Enter Laughing (1967) -


Carl Reiner's roman a clef about a Jewish kid from the Bronx disappointing his parents by choosing show business instead of pharmacy school had a successful run on Broadway after being adapted for the stage, with Alan Arkin playing the lead. But when it came time to cast the film version, Arkin was deemed too old to play the teenage hero. After casting unknown Puerto Rican actor Reni Santoni, Reiner wooed Shelley Winters, Michael J. Pollard, Don Rickles, and Jose Ferrer to round out the cast of his directorial debut. Shot in the Bronx on a shoestring in 32 days, it's a treat to see this cast stretch beyond type -- Jose Ferrer as a flamboyant impresario? Shelley Winters as a Jewish mother? -- but especially so for Elaine May, who flexes creative muscles never seen before as a wiggly, breathy vamp keen on this new kid. Watch for a beardless Rob Reiner in his first movie role, too.

By Violet LeVoit
Enter Laughing (1967) -

Enter Laughing (1967) -

Carl Reiner's roman a clef about a Jewish kid from the Bronx disappointing his parents by choosing show business instead of pharmacy school had a successful run on Broadway after being adapted for the stage, with Alan Arkin playing the lead. But when it came time to cast the film version, Arkin was deemed too old to play the teenage hero. After casting unknown Puerto Rican actor Reni Santoni, Reiner wooed Shelley Winters, Michael J. Pollard, Don Rickles, and Jose Ferrer to round out the cast of his directorial debut. Shot in the Bronx on a shoestring in 32 days, it's a treat to see this cast stretch beyond type -- Jose Ferrer as a flamboyant impresario? Shelley Winters as a Jewish mother? -- but especially so for Elaine May, who flexes creative muscles never seen before as a wiggly, breathy vamp keen on this new kid. Watch for a beardless Rob Reiner in his first movie role, too. By Violet LeVoit

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Notes

Location scenes filmed in Los Angeles and New York City.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1967

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1967