Movie Club – American Film Institute

May 26, 2020

THE ONE AND ONLY

(1978)

Directed by the legendary Carl Reiner and written by Academy Award® nominee Steve Gordon, THE ONE AND ONLY stars Henry Winkler as an egotistical actor hoping to make it big, and he does – in professional wrestling.

   
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FROM THE AFI ARCHIVE

In this exclusive AFI Archive video, director Carl Reiner talks about orchestrating comedy.

DID YOU KNOW?

The working title for the film was GORGEOUS GEORGE. It was loosely based on the story of real-life wrestler, George Raymond Wagner. The film is a fictionalized account because the filmmakers were unable to secure the rights to “Gorgeous George’s” life story.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dustin Hoffman was first considered for the lead role which was eventually played by Henry Winkler.

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Kim Darby, who plays the character of Mary Crawford, starred opposite John Wayne as Mattie Ross in the original TRUE GRIT.

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This was Steve Gordon’s first produced feature screenplay. He would later go on to write and direct the Academy Award®-winning ARTHUR, starring Dudley Moore.

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The TV series HAPPY DAYS halted production for one week so Henry Winkler – who played Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli on the series – could make personal appearances in Atlanta, Dallas, New York City and Philadelphia to promote the film.

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