How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

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Armed with a "How to..." manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.



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


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

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9 March 1967 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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The music during Miss Jones' first entrance is the same music that Nelson Riddle used as the Penguin's Theme in the Batman (1966) TV show. See more »


When all the secretaries are "working", they first change shoes from white to colored. After they make up their hair and stuff, a man yells "coffee break!" When they all get up to go, they're still wearing their white shoes. See more »


Mr. Twimble: You never told me you hired your nephew.
J. B. Biggley: I never showed him any favoritism; in fact, I hate him.
Mr. Twimble: But you love his ideas.
J. B. Biggley: No. When he first told me the idea, told him it was a lousy idea. When Finch brought it to me, I still said it was a lousy idea. In fact, I told Finch it was a lousy idea.
Mr. Twimble: Why did you buy it?
J. B. Biggley: Seemed like a good idea.
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Referenced in Boy Meets World: How to Succeed in Business (1997) See more »


The Company Way
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Robert Morse and Sammy Smith
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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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