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|The One and Only|
|Directed by||Carl Reiner|
|Produced by||David V. Picker|
|Written by||Steve Gordon|
|Music by||Patrick Williams|
|Cinematography||Victor J. Kemper|
|Edited by||Bud Molin|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|3 February 1978|
|Box office||$16,928,137 (USA)|
At a midwestern college in 1951, student Mary Crawford has the combined good and bad fortune to meet Andy Schmidt, a remarkably conceited young man who is convinced that he is tremendously talented and has every intention of becoming a star. Andy wants Mary to marry him quickly before he becomes too famous to give her a second look. She cannot resist him and takes him home to Columbus, Ohio to meet her straitlaced parents. Andy proceeds to annoy Mary's parents by hugging them, calling them "Tom and Mom" and interrupting dinner to do a series of impressions, thoroughly ruining the visit.
Mary and Andy elope and Mary moves with him to New York City, where he is certain that Broadway or Hollywood will beckon within a matter of weeks. Half a year passes and Andy gets nowhere. His ego is not bruised and he remains his same insufferable self. Mary takes an office job to support them. She gets pregnant and still loves her husband, but her parents are terribly worried for Mary and she has to ask them for money because Andy is not making any.
Andy does manage to make a friend, Milton Miller, a little person with a big ego. Milton, a struggling actor himself, tries to prove to that he is a ladies' man, even to Mary's mother. After Milton tells Andy that he occasionally wrestles to make money, Andy tries professional wrestling as his new occupation. Though Andy doesn't have a wrestler's build, he behaves and dresses to create a character known as "The Lover" (a Gorgeous George type) who drives both opponents and audiences crazy. Andy earns thousands of fans.
- Henry Winkler as Andy Schmidt
- Kim Darby as Mary Crawford
- Gene Saks as Sidney Seltzer
- William Daniels as Mr. Crawford
- Polly Holliday as Mrs. Crawford
- Hervé Villechaize as Milton Miller
- Ed Begley Jr. as Arnold (The King)
- Warren Stevens as Hector Moses
- Hard Boiled Haggerty as Captain Nemo
- Ralph Manza as Bellman
- Chavo Guerrero Sr. as Indian Joe
- Dennis James in a cameo role
- Rowdy Roddy Piper as Leatherneck Joe Grady (uncredited)
Vincent Canby of the New York Times did not review the film positively, though he mentioned that he appreciated earlier works by Reiner: "The One and Only is more of that sort of safe, schmalzy comedy, but fatally lacking the presence of someone like the great George Burns." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 21⁄2 out of 4 stars: "It's a pleasant movie, it has some genuinely funny moments."
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