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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 29 July 1957 (USA)
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To save his career, an ad man wants a sex symbol to endorse a lipstick. But she wants something too: he has to pretend to be her new lover.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Rockwell P. Hunter / Himself / Lover Doll
Jenny Wells
Irving La Salle Jr.
Henry Rufus
Lili Gentle ...
April Hunter
Mickey Hargitay ...
Bobo Branigansky
Georgia Carr ...
Calypso Number
T.V. Interviewer
Ann McCrea ...
Alberto Morin ...
Louis Mercier ...


In this spoof of the TV advertising industry, Rockwell Hunter is the low man on the totem pole at the advertising company where he works. That is, until he finds the perfect spokes model for Stay-Put lipstick, the famous actress with the oh-so-kissable lips, Rita Marlowe. Unfortunately, in exchange, Rock has to act publicly as Rita's "Loverdoll", and Rock's fiancée Jenny isn't too happy about it either. Written by Syam Gadde <gadde@cs.duke.edu>

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Release Date:

29 July 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La blonde explosive  »

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(FMC Library Print)

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| (Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rita Marlowe's screen credits - "The Girl Can't Help It", "Kiss Them For Me" and "The Wayward Bus" - have the same titles as three of Jayne Mansfield's films - The Girl Can't Help It (1956), Kiss Them for Me (1957) and The Wayward Bus (1957). See more »


Rita Marlowe: How can I remember? I'm all excited because you're loving me up!
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Crazy Credits

At the very start, Tony Randall appears on-screen before the 20th Century Fox logo, with musical instruments, and plays part of the fanfare himself. He then complains about "the fine print" in his contract, before introducing the cast and the movie. As he introduces the film, he forgets the title, first calling it The Girl Can't Help It (1956). Then he says "no we made that one already", and then he rummages through his pockets for his notes and comes up with a girl's name and phone number. Finally, his three female co-stars appear to announce the film's correct title. See more »


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You Got It Made
by Bobby Troup
Performed by Georgia Carr (uncredited)
Also sung by an off-screen vocal group
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A Success
12 October 2003 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

A brilliant spoof of advertising and Hollywood. Quite possibly my favorite comedy film. It took me forever to find a copy of it (on VHS), but I finally have one. I don't know why it isn't more readily available. Jayne Mansfield is a wonderful parody of Marilyn Monroe and other sex symbols. Tony Randall's reactions as an average Joe suddenly turned famous lover are hilarious. A lot of rather innovative techniques, such as the opening credit sequence, with Tony Randall introducing the film, followed by dead-on spoofs of commercials, and the very subtle use of transitioning to a blue or yellow screen before moving on to the next scene. I highly respect this film and I highly recommend it.

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