Career (1959)

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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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12 April 2011 | abcj-2
5
| Strong Acting and Franciosa Shines
I love Dean Martin's voice whether singing or speaking, so I often watch his films just to hear him. I saw Anthony Franciosa in a movie with Jean Simmons and loved his speaking voice, too. So, I watched CAREER to listen to these men speak!!

When I looked it up, it was up for some Oscars. It had a great cast with Shirley MacLaine as an alcoholic, and Carolyn Jones has an underused supporting role as Franciosa's agent. The movie covers the career of Tony Franciosa's character from a fledgling actor fresh out of the army and in New York from the Midwest trying to break into showbiz. He gets mixed up with Martin's character, and their lives intertwine throughout the movie. Franciosa ages close to 15 years or so, and you see more disappointments than successes.

Franciosa, in a brilliant performance, turns out to be the real star of this film. CAREER was worth watching even for the silly reason I watched it (the voices were worth it). It is dated, but anyone trying to make it in something they feel born to do will be inspired. I recommend this movie if you run across it on TV or to rent. Currently, it's streaming on Netflix. I sometimes tend to stay away from dramas without a main romantic element, but this film was a good branching out gamble that paid off if not for the entire film, then most definitely for Franciosa.

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