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Career (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama | October 1960 (Austria)
More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?


Joseph Anthony


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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Dean Martin ... Maurice 'Maury' Novak
Anthony Franciosa ... Sam Lawson
Shirley MacLaine ... Sharon Kensington
Carolyn Jones ... Shirley Drake
Joan Blackman ... Barbara Lawson Helmsley
Robert Middleton ... Robert Kensington
Donna Douglas ... Marjorie Burke
Jerry Paris ... Allan Burke
Frank McHugh ... Charlie Gallagher
Chuck Wassil Chuck Wassil ... Eric Peters
Mary Treen ... Marie, Secretary to Shirley Drake
Yuki Shimoda ... Yosho
Alan Hewitt ... Matt Helmsley
Marjorie Bennett ... Fan Magazine Columnist


More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

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Release Date:

October 1960 (Austria) See more »

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Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film-within-a-film is titled "War Devils". See more »


Sharon Kensington: Oh, what a lovely name. I love that name. You know, the first man I ever completely destroyed was named Sam. He's a hairdresser now.
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Realistic portrayal of The Actor's struggle
27 June 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I'll be honest, when I first rented this movie, I thought it was going to be a comedy. After all, Dean Martin got first billing. Despite the billing, and despite my first impression, Dean is the second lead in the heavy, well-acted drama Career.

Anthony Franciosa wants to be an actor. He wants it more than life itself, as he shows the audience in Career. For the most part, this is an incredibly realistic portrayal of an actor's life. He leaves his fiancé and moves to New York; after a year, he's still auditioning and living in a glorified closet with no radiator. We see him beg for the chance to audition, spew hurtful words to his agent when he feels bad, and badmouth a producer when he loses a part. It's realistic.

There's a great scene with Dean and Tony in a restaurant. They're trying to keep their voices down to not attract the attention of other people, and the tension simmers! Tony is making his case for why he deserves a part in a show. "I've got talent!" he insists. Dean shakes his head. "That's what you start with," he says. Tony explains he's not good at the self-selling aspect of being an actor. "Then learn or get out!" Dean says. It's sad, but true. Talent isn't enough in show business.

Tony won a Golden Globe for his dramatic performance that year, beating out Richard Burton, Fredric March, and Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur! He does give a really good performance; even if you love Ben-Hur, you can appreciate it. Carolyn Jones, not a very well known actress, does a particularly good job as Tony's tired and tireless agent who knows the life of an actor very well. The acting and most of the story is really good, but I didn't really care for the ending. If you like realistic show business movies, add Career to your weekend watch list!

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