Barefoot in the Park marked a breakthrough role for Joel, but a few years previously, the St. Petersburg Times had already marked him out for stardom. "Joel Crothers is among the young actors with possibilities for a very bright future," gushed the newspaper's unnamed TV Scout. Thoroughly smitten, they added: "He could have almost any role he wants, because he's a handsome young man and a fine actor. But he only works during the summer months. The rest of the time he goes to college – Harvard."
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