The One and Only (1978 film)

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The One and Only
The One and Only 1978.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Carl Reiner
Produced by David V. Picker
Written by Steve Gordon
Starring Henry Winkler
Kim Darby
Gene Saks
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography Victor J. Kemper
Edited by Bud Molin
First Artists
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
3 February 1978
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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 is so obnoxious, he wants Mary to marry him fast before he becomes too famous to give her a second look. She can't resist him, try as she might. Mary takes her new boyfriend home to Columbus, Ohio, to meet her strait-laced parents. Andy proceeds to annoy them in every possible way, hugging them, calling them "Tom and Mom," interrupting dinner to do a series of impressions, thoroughly ruining the visit.

"Oh, God, why him?" Mary rhetorically asks. Nevertheless, she elopes to a justice of the peace, marries Andy and moves with him to New York City, where he is certain Broadway or the movies will beckon within a matter of weeks. Half a year passes and Andy gets nowhere. His ego isn't 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 isn't making any.

Andy does manage to make a friend, Milton Miller, a little person with a big ego. Milton might not look like a ladies' man, but he definitely is, as he tries to prove to everybody, even Mary's mom. Milton is a struggling actor himself. He points out to Andy a way to make a few bucks: "I wrestle sometimes." Out of inspiration or desperation, Andy tries his hand at a new occupation: professional wrestling. He doesn't have the build for it, but by behaving and dressing in the manner of a Gorgeous George-type, he creates a character known as "The Lover" who drives both opponents and audiences crazy. At last, Andy has thousands of fans, even if they're not the kind he had in mind.



Vincent Canby of The New York Times did not enjoy the film much although 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 Chicago Sun-Times gave it 2​12 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 2010-10-18.
  3. ^ "The One and Only :: :: Reviews". Retrieved 2010-10-18.

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