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WAIT FOR YOUR LAUGH tells the story of the longest active career in entertainment, but it also looks at what it was like to be a female performer in the 20th century, to work through periods of extreme personal heartbreak and it casts an eye on how Rose Marie and her fellow nonagenarians Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner and Peter Marshall, still have the drive to create.
Far more than just sassy Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and the top center square on “Hollywood Squares,” Rose Marie worked in every facet of showbiz. She was “the darling of the airwaves” at the age of four and went on to work in vaudeville, Vegas, Broadway, movies, television, theatre, concert halls and nightclubs. Along the way she was known as “the kid” by the mob. She called Al Capone, Uncle Al, opened the Flamingo at the birth of Las Vegas, for Bugsy Siegel, and had her career protected and nurtured by “the boys” who controlled so many nightclub stages across the country, live performers couldn’t help but be in bed with the mob.
Shot on 35mm and 16mm film stock, the film will be projected where possible, as a 35mm printed. The film contains amazing behind-the-scenes color footage from Rose Marie’s personal collection, chronicling what went on backstage on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and other sets where she worked.