A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 03, 2018
“When one door closes, the next one slams in your face”

“When one door shuts, another opens” is an old proverb about opportunity. However, it is also possible that when one door closes, there is no other opportunity—in fact, there could be fewer opportunities. For example, when a worker is fired, it could become much harder to find another job (or “open door").

“As One Door Closes Another Slams in Your Face” was the title of an episode of the British comedy-drama series Charles Endell Esquire that aired in 1979 and 1980. “As one door closes, another one slams in your face” was printed in The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON) on March 5, 1985. “When one door closes, another door slams in your face” was printed in the The Observer (London, UK) on June 23, 1985.


Wikipedia: Charles Endell Esquire
Charles Endell Esquire is a British comedy-drama series that is a spin-off of the series Budgie, with the role of Endell continuing to be played by Iain Cuthbertson. Due to an ITV technicians’ strike which took the network completely off the air for three months, the first two episodes were broadcast in 1979 and the remaining episodes were not aired until a full repeat of the series began on 26 April 1980 on all ITV regions except Southern Television who started it on 1 May 1980, Westward Television never broadcast the series. Only six episodes were made.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Charles Endell, Esq (1979– )
As One Door Closes Another Slams in Your Face
30min | Drama | Episode aired 1979

Charlie begins his search for the mysterious Archibald Telfer - a man who owes him far more than he can repay. He finds an ally in Major Forbes-Forbes - and an old enemy in Kenny ‘King’ Croall.
Director: Rex Firkin
Writers: Robert Banks Stewart, Bill Craig
Stars: Iain Cuthbertson, Tony Osoba, Bernard Gallagher |

3 May 1980, The Guardian (London, UK), Television/Radio, pg. 16, col. 4:
CHARLES ENDELL ESQUIRE: As One Door Closes...another slams in your face, according to this re-run episode of the Scottish-made drama, with Iain Cutherbertson as the wheeler-dealer at the centre.

5 March 1985, The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), “Bad start for soccer quest” by Philip King, pg. S5, col. 5:
“As one door closes, another one slams in your face,” head coach Tony Waiters said.

23 June 1985, The Observer (London, UK), “Return of the prodigal,” pg. 7, col. 3:
It was a classic example of ‘When one door closes, another door slams in your face.’

13 July 1995, Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal, “Bridge: Another door can still slam shut in your face” by Alfred Sheinwold, pg. 2C, col. 4:
According to the old say: “When one door closes, another opens.” Saw or not, today’s declarer didn’t see it.

Google Books
Cliches: Over 1500 Phrases Explored and Explained
By Betty Kirkpatrick
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin
1999, ©1996
Pg. 198:
When one door closes, another opens (...) A more pessimistic and humorous form of the cliche is when one door closes another one slams in your face.

Yahoo! Answers (November 21, 2008)
“When one door closes another slams in your face!” True or False?
Best Answer:  True ! then the next door breaks your foot as you try to stick it in there!
Surfininjunmonkey
False. When one door closes, more doors open for an opportunity that you wouldn’t have had if the other door hadn’t closed.
Funkstar

Twitter
Michael Field
@michaelfieldcom
@sdreinhart1975 @TerriCook As Daryl Somers used to say : “One door closes, another one slams in your face!” grin
6:21 AM - 24 Feb 2009

Twitter
TURFGEAR
@turfgear
So quote for the day: When one door closes - Another slams in your face!
3:50 PM - 6 May 2011

Quora
It is said ‘one door closes and another door slams shut in your face’. How can one achieve the ultimate goal of keeping them open?
Michael DeBusk, Sometimes I sits and thinks
Answered Sep 10, 2015 · Author has 4.8k answers and 7.8m answer views
It is actually said, “One door closes and another door opens.” What you’re quoting is the name of an episode of TV show “Charles Endell, Esq”.

Inc.
19 Things to Tell Yourself If You Really Hate Motivational Sayings
Sick of tired of those motivational one-liners? Then this is just for you.

By Chris Matyszczyk
PUBLISHED ON: SEP 23, 2016
(...)
13. When one door closes, the next one slams in your face.
It’s not always true, but it’s worth preparing for it. Just in case.

Twitter
Sabe Lewellyn
@SabeLewellyn
When one door closes… you better get used to doors slamming in your face because it probably won’t be the last. And it probably wasn’t the first. #wednesdaywisdom #wisdomwednesday #wisdom #truth #wednesdaythoughts
4:33 PM - 27 Jun 2018

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