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This a film that definitely deserves revisiting. I saw it as a kid and was put off by the apparently obnoxious character, Andy Schmidt, played by Henry Winkler. Apparently a lot of people were as well because it received a lukewarm critical and commercial response. You could almost say it put a fork in Henry Winkler's nascent film career. Give Winkler credit though for trying to put distance between his "Happy Days" character and his big-screen persona. His previous cinematic effort was in "Heroes" where he played a troubled Vietnam vet. Give Winkler kudos here for tackling a potentially unlikable role and by the film's end not only do you gain empathy for him you find yourself rooting for him to succeed. The film is also blessed with an impeccable supporting cast. Everybody here should be praised but special mention should be given to Gene Saks as a harried wrestling promoter and Herve Villechaize as a randy midget wrestler. The script is by the late Steve Gordon who later achieved acclaim by profiling another potentially unlikable character in "Arthur". Carl Reiner helms the film with an assured comic hand and perfectly captures the Fifties milieu which is a far cry from Arnold's Restaurant. "The One and Only" deserves classic stature if enough people are willing to invest the time in it.