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Movie review: Career, with Dean Martin & Shirley MacLaine (1959)

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The reel dope: “Career”

“Was it worth it?” theatrical-agent Carolyn Jones asks actor Anthony Franciosa, who has struggled to make good through this entire film and finally, as the curtain falls, moves from a small off-Broadway playhouse to the sought-after goal of the Great White Way.

“Yes!” he replies. “Yes, it was worth it.”

This Franciosa, otherwise Sam Lawson, is certainly a glutton for punishment. But if you doubt his story, peel your eyes next time you’re around Times Square’s Shubert Alley; you’ll see many Sam Lawsons.

A hep cast that also includes Dean Martin, a director; Shirley MacLaine, his wacky girlfriend; and Joan Blackman, Franciosa’s first wife, helps make it all absorbingly realistic. (Hal B Wallis; Paramount)

Career with Dean Martin Shirley MacLaine

Career, starring Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Franciosa, Carolyn Jones

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  1. Thanks ever so much for liftin’ up this much much lesser known drama by our Dino.
    It one of just a few of Dino’s big screen efforts still waiting release in DVD.
    Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool….oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth. Know that your efforts are being shared this day with all the pallies gathered around ilovedinomartin.

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