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). 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.
Director: Carl Reiner.
Stars: José Ferrer, Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jack Gilford, Janet Margolin, David Opatoshu, Michael J. Pollard, Don Rickles, Richard Deacon, Nancy Kovack, Reni Santoni, Herbie Faye, Rob Reiner, Danny Stein, Milton Frome, Lillian Adams, Mantan Moreland, Patrick Campbell, Peter Brocco.
I’ve always loved this funny film and it is largely forgotten these days. A perfect match-up with the equally neglected NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE (1976), Both join a kind of Greenwich Village triptych finished off by the Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013). Thanks for posting this!