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The One and Only (1978)

aka The One and Only

"She had to marry him. She was too embarrassed to have him as a date."

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Details: 97 mins · English · PG (USA)


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Small Andy Schmidt
Small Mary Crawford
No_movie_poster Sidney Seltzer
Small Mr. Crawford
Small Hector Moses
No_movie_poster Mrs. Crawford
No_movie_poster Milton Miller
No_movie_poster Announcer in Des Moines
Small Arnold - The King
No_movie_poster Autograph Hound
No_movie_poster Agatha Franklen


Small Carl Reiner Director
No_movie_poster Steve Gordon Writer
No_movie_poster Bud Molin Editing


"She had to marry him. She was too embarrassed to have him as a date."


At a midwestern college, 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.