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

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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