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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 9 March 1967 (USA)
Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.

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Twenty-seven year old New York window washer, J. Pierrepont Finch, believes he can be a success in the corporate world after he impulsively picks up the book "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". The book promises its reader that he can climb the corporate ladder simply and quickly. The Worldwide Wicket Corporation, the business in the office building whose windows he washes is, according to the book, the perfect type of business. There he meets secretary Rosemary Pilkington, who sees in Ponty (as she calls him) an unassuming man who she believes the corporate world will eat alive. But Ponty, memorizing what the book tells him, does quickly climb the corporate ladder but not by doing any real work. Ponty has a few obstacles along the way such as: Bud Frump who sees Ponty as a rival and is the nephew by marriage of the company president J.B. Biggley; Hedy La Rue, a curvaceous but simple woman who has a secret or not-so-secret tie to someone important in the company; Mr. ... Written by Huggo

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Trivia

In 1964, Tony Curtis expressed interest in playing the role of the up-and-coming young business exec eventually portrayed by Robert Morse, even though he was then nearly 40 and far too old for the role. See more »

Goofs

Although Finch's rise to top of corporate world is supposedly pegged to sequential chapters of same-named title book he reads throughout movie, his progress through text isn't sequential - even near end of movie he is seen poring over beginning chapters for next bit of ladder-climbing advice. See more »

Quotes

Hedy LaRue: It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever did before.
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Connections

Referenced in Gossip Girl: How to Succeed in Bassness (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Been a Long Day
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Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Robert Morse, Michelle Lee, Rudy Vallee, Kathryn Reynolds,
Maureen Arthur and Anthony 'Scooter' Teague
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Good Musical, Excellent Score and Great Performance by Rudy Vallee
9 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've lived in the Metropolitan New York area all my life but the first musical I ever saw was the revival of How to Succeed in Business with Matthew Broderick in the title role. This prompted me to purchase the original musical with Robert Morse and I was not disappointed. My wife preferred the live musical, however what attracted me to the video was the performance of Rudy Vallee as Mr Bigly. Frank Loesser's score is marvelous, I think that the song "The Company Way" is a humorous parody of those corporate types who risk nothing that will damage their careers. This video is one that I've watched over and over and I can recommend to any musical lovers other than ardent feminists who might be turned off by the 1960s type relationships between the men and women.


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