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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

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

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Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ...
Bud Frump (as Anthony Teague)
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Hedy LaRue
John Myhers ...
Bert O. Bratt
Carol Worthington ...
Kay Reynolds ...
Miss Smith aka Smitty
Ruth Kobart ...
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Twimble - Wally Womper
Jeff DeBenning ...
Gatch (as Jeff Debenning)
Janice Carroll ...
Robert Q. Lewis ...
Paul Hartman ...
Dan Tobin ...
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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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Of all the Broadway musical comedies that ever made the screen sing out - nothing succeeds like "Succeed"! See more »

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Michele Lee's movie debut. See more »

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In the musical number at the end when the men are singing about being members of the human race, the clapping of the businessmen is on the downbeat but the audio claps are on the upbeat. See more »

Quotes

J. Pierpont Finch: [Twimble is singing the praises of the company] The company restaurant?
Mr. Twimble: Every day, same lunch. The haddock sandwich, it's delicious!
J. Pierpont Finch: [Unimpressed] I must try it.
Mr. Twimble: [a warning] Early in the week.
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Soundtracks

Been a Long Day
(uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Robert Morse, Michelle Lee, Rudy Vallee, Kay Reynolds,
Maureen Arthur and Anthony 'Scooter' Teague
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Funny musical with catchy tunes and a few twists and turns.
7 November 1998 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I stumbled along this movie on a rainy Sunday. For some reason I could not change the channel. I was interested to see where Finch would end up. The good thing about this movie is that it was filmed in 1967 providing some interesting stereotypes.


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