7.3/10
3,533
48 user 13 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (book) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Damn Yankees! (1958)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant.

Directors: George Abbott, Stanley Donen
Stars: Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three soldiers meet 10 years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Stars: Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse
Certificate: GP Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Junie Moon's face has been disfigured by ill-gotten burns, and depends on her friends and her with to cope. She, Warren, and Arthur leave the hospital - they yearn for independence - and ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Liza Minnelli, Ken Howard, Robert Moore
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Jean Evans of an international wildlife foundation has made herself at home in Africa as the elephant-riding, vine-swinging, miniskirted 'Panther Girl.' On safari to film animals, Jean ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Adreon
Stars: Phyllis Coates, Myron Healey, Arthur Space
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Francis L. Sullivan
Saint Jack (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jack Flowers, an American hustler in early 1970s Singapore, dreams of building a fortune by running a brothel and returning to the States to lead a life of luxury.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Denholm Elliott, James Villiers
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An ambitious young man attempts to climb the corporate ladder while working at a company where no one quite understands how their job relates to anyone else's, but is afraid to admit it.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff
Stars: Alan Bursky, Susan Blanchard, Marcella Lowery
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ...
Bud Frump (as Anthony Teague)
...
Hedy LaRue
John Myhers ...
Carol Worthington ...
Kathryn Reynolds ...
Miss Smith aka Smitty (as Kay Reynolds)
...
Sammy Smith ...
Twimble - Wally Womper
Jeff DeBenning ...
Gatch (as Jeff Debenning)
Janice Carroll ...
Robert Q. Lewis ...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Twenty-seven year old New York window washer, J. Pierpont 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Of all the Broadway musical comedies that ever made the screen sing out - nothing succeeds like "Succeed"! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 March 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How to Succeed in Business...  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Mirisch Company paid $1,000,000 for the film rights, an astronomical figure in 1964. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after Finch asks Rosemary to call him Ponty, Smitty, who,was not present at the conversation, calls him Ponty. She could not have known his nickname. See more »

Quotes

Gertrude Biggley: What's nepotism?
J. B. Biggley: That's when your nephew's a damn poop!
See more »


Soundtracks

Brotherhood of Man
(uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee, John Myhers, Anthony 'Scooter' Teague,
Sammy Smith, Ruth Kobart and the office staff
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

What Style, what punch......
2 September 2004 | by (Gold Coast) – See all my reviews

One of the great satirical, musical comedies of the 60s. Robert Morse in the lead role is not unlike a sophisticated version of one of the Jerry Lewis characters of the same era - with the exception that he sings. And, he sings some wonderfully witty songs that must be very close to the bone in companies that take themselves too seriously. Sammy Smith is superb in his dual roles as the quarter of a century mail room head who "plays it the company way" and then later as Chairman Wally, the ex window washer. The lyrics will never date, along with the hammy caricatures of the self serving executives and staff. Not all stage musicals have translated well to the screen but How to Succeed is a noteworthy exception - highly recommended.


30 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?