Enter Laughing (film)

Enter Laughing is a 1967 comedy film, directed by Carl Reiner, based on his autobiographical novel and the 1963 stage play of the same name.[1] It was Reiner's directorial debut.

Enter Laughing
VHS cover
Directed byCarl Reiner
Screenplay by
Based on
  • Adapted from (novel) by Carl Reiner
  • Enter Laughing (play)
    by Joseph Stein
Produced by
  • Carl Reiner
  • Joseph Stein
CinematographyJoseph F. Biroc
Edited byCharles Nelson
Music byQuincy Jones
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States

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 summaryEdit

David Kolowitz (Reni 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 (Janet Margolin), his parents (Shelley Winters and David Opatoshu) and his employer (Jack 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 (Jose 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 (Elaine 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. At the end he gives an ironic. acting soliloquy where it opines how wonderful it is to finally, "act for free".


Musical score and soundtrackEdit

Enter Laughing
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedFebruary 25, 1967
GenreFilm score
ProducerJack Tracy, Dick Pierce
Quincy Jones chronology
The Deadly Affair
Enter Laughing
In the Heat of the Night

The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones, and the soundtrack album was released on the Liberty label in 1967.[2][3]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Quincy Jones except where noted

  1. "Enter Laughing" (Lyrics by Mack David) − 2:30
  2. "Exit Crying" 2:27
  3. "Pennies from Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) − 2:27
  4. "David Dooze It" − 2:19
  5. "Main Title (Enter Laughing)" − 2:34
  6. "Enter Laughing" − 4:05
  7. "Ha-Cha-Cha" (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) − 2:17
  8. "Vienna Wails" − 2:15
  9. "I Hear You Calling" − 1:55
  10. "Enter Laughing (End Title) (Lyrics by Mack David) − 1:42


  • Unidentified orchestra arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones including

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Enter Laughing". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  2. ^ Soundtrack Collector: album entry accessed January 17, 2018
  3. ^ Edwards, D & Callahan, M. Liberty Records Discography, Part 3: Misc. Series, accessed January 17, 2018

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