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The One and Only (1978)



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Set in the 1950s, this film stars Henry Winkler as a young man who wants to make it in show business, no matter how. The only jobs he lands are in carnivals and in wrestling, where he can indulge his ego.

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Henry Winkler
as Andy Schmidt
Kim Darby
as Mary Crawford
Gene Saks
as Sidney Seltzer
William Daniels
as Mr. Crawford
Harold Gould
as Hector Moses
Polly Holliday
as Mrs. Crawford
Herve Villechaize
as Milton Miller
Bill Baldwin
as Announcer in Des Moines
Dick Lane
as Wrestling Announcer
Anthony Battaglia
as Little Andy
Ed Begley Jr.
as Arnold the King
Peter Vrocco
as Autograph Hound
Brandon Cruz
as Sherman
Lucy Lee Flippin
as Agatha Franklen
Charles Frank
as Paul Harris
Peter Brocco
as Autograph Hound
H.B. Haggerty
as Capt. Nemo
Dennis James
as Himself
Richard Karron
as The Elephant
Jean Le Bouvier
as Wrestling Fanatic
Ralph Manza
as Bellman
Ken Olfson
as Mr. Arnold
Amzie Strickland
as House Mother
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Critic Reviews for The One and Only

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

An attempt to make a heart-warming comedy about a fellow who, in the film's own terms, is an arrogant boob.

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If only the madcap strain had been strengthened, the film might have achieved more momentum; as it is, with good performances all round, it's pleasant but so-so.

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Clearly this is silly stuff, but Reiner's brand of silliness has a freshness and audacity that make it relatively simple to overlook the occasional lapses into potty humor and other forms of juvenile comedy...

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"The One and Only" is really two stories at odds with each other.

August 31, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

One of the year's slickest and brightest comedies.

August 31, 2021 | Full Review…

"The One and Only" is a sparkling, irreverent, delightful comedy, filled with flashy repartee, brilliant put-downs and some consummate silliness. At the same time, it is a pleasing little love story that is sentimental without being treacly.

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