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The One and Only (1978 film)

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The One and Only
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCarl Reiner
Produced byDavid V. Picker
Written bySteve Gordon
StarringHenry Winkler
Kim Darby
Gene Saks
Music byPatrick Williams
CinematographyVictor J. Kemper
Edited byBud Molin
First Artists
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
3 February 1978
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$16,928,137 (USA)[1]

The One and Only is a 1978 comedy film starring Henry Winkler, directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Gordon.


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.



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."[2] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 212 out of 4 stars: "It's a pleasant movie, it has some genuinely funny moments."[3]


  1. ^ The One and Only at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (3 February 1978). "Original New York Times review". Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  3. ^ "The One and Only :: :: Reviews". Retrieved 18 October 2010.
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