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Career (1959) DVD

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Career (1959)


Joseph Anthony


Bert Granet, James Lee (play)


Dean Martin, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley MacLaine
Playwright James Lee adapted his off-Broadway play for the screen in this high-strung adaptation, directed by Joseph Anthony. In this simplistic, backroom show-business-success saga, Anthony Franciosa plays Sam, a struggling young actor who will forsake his family and take any type of menial job in order to become a Broadway star. Dean Martin is on hand as Maury, an aspiring director also trying to claw his way up the ladder of success. When Maury gets his big break, Sam wants a part in his show, but when Maury, who is unwilling to cast Sam in the production, turns down Sam's request, Sam seduces and marries Maury's girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine). In spite of everything, Maury wants his girl back, and Sam agrees to a divorce on the stipulation that Maury cast him as the star in his next show. Once again, Maury reneges and, before Sam can exact his revenge, Uncle Sam comes to the rescue and he is drafted into the army. While Sam is in the army, the era of the communist witch hunts are in full flower, and since Sam and Maury were both members of the Communist Party, upon Sam's return home he discovers that they both are blacklisted. Their passion for success still burning bright, they decide to collaborate and put together an independent production that will either mark their complete success or their complete failure.

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  1. An actor pays his dues for Broadway stardom 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 27th 2016

    The blaring music during this film's opening credits is in contrast to the story's quiet smoothness. An American actor, superbly played by Anthony Franciosa, is determined to succeed in Broadway's theater scene after World War Two. While he studies his craft and pursues contacts that can help him to land an acting job, he sacrifices personal happiness and his marriage. Shirley Maclaine and Dean Martin excel as influences on his life as he encounters one obstacle after another. Only his agent, wonderfully portrayed by Carolyn Jones, remains faithful to him during his climb to success. The film is totally believable and held this viewer's keen interest.

  2. Little-Known 50s Film Deserves Bigger Audience 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Feb 19th 2015

    Loved this movie. All the performances are stellar. Dean Martin's dejection at the end of the film, the look in his face as he confronts his future, is priceless. Have no idea why this isn't better known. Very beautiful noirish shots and why oh why isn't Hollywood like this any more? Well, the world has changed....

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