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Career (1959)

More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

Director:

Joseph Anthony

Writers:

Bert Granet, James Lee (play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Dean Martin ... Maurice 'Maury' Novak
Anthony Franciosa ... Sam Lawson
Shirley MacLaine ... Sharon Kensington
Carolyn Jones ... Shirley Drake
Joan Blackman ... Barbara Lawson Helmsley
Robert Middleton ... Robert Kensington
Donna Douglas ... Marjorie Burke
Jerry Paris ... Allan Burke
Frank McHugh ... Charlie Gallagher
Chuck Wassil Chuck Wassil ... Eric Peters
Mary Treen ... Marie, Secretary to Shirley Drake
Yuki Shimoda ... Yosho
Alan Hewitt ... Matt Helmsley
Marjorie Bennett ... Fan Magazine Columnist
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Storyline

More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1960 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Entre bastidores See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carolyn Jones was originally cast as "Sharon Kensington" but switched roles with Shirley MacLaine in order to play Shirley Drake because she wanted the less flamboyant role. See more »

Quotes

Sharon Kensington: Oh, what a lovely name. I love that name. You know, the first man I ever completely destroyed was named Sam. He's a hairdresser now.
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Great tale of an aspiring actor
25 October 1998 | by buxSee all my reviews

This is the journey of Sam Lawson-from aspiring young actor to aspiring old actor. Along the way he befriends the fair weather couple(McLain and Martin) and unwittingly joins the communist party. A Hollywood milestone, this movie actually flirted with the idea that the Hollywood blacklist might be irrelevant. Franciosa in the best performance of his life, and a great supporting cast make this a must see.


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