“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)