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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying -- Armed with a "How to..." manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.

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Director:
Writers:
Abe Burrows (book) and
Jack Weinstock (book) ...
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Release Date:
9 March 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Nothing Succeeds Like "Succeed" ! ! See more »
Plot:
Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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A Sharp Rap Across The Corporate Knuckles See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Robert Morse ... J. Pierpont Finch

Michele Lee ... Rosemary Pilkington

Rudy Vallee ... Jasper B. Biggley
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ... Bud Frump (as Anthony Teague)
Maureen Arthur ... Hedy LaRue
John Myhers ... Bert O. Bratt
Carol Worthington ... Lucille Krumholtz
Kathryn Reynolds ... Miss Smith aka Smitty (as Kay Reynolds)

Ruth Kobart ... Miss Jones
Sammy Smith ... Twimble - Wally Womper
Jeff DeBenning ... Gatch (as Jeff Debenning)
Janice Carroll ... Brenda
Robert Q. Lewis ... Tackaberry
Paul Hartman ... Toynbee
Dan Tobin ... Johnson
John Holland ... Matthews
Justin Smith ... Jenkins

Murray Matheson ... Benjamin Ovington
Patrick O'Moore ... Media Man No. 1
Lory Patrick ... Receptionist
Wally Strauss ... Media Man No. 2
Hy Averback ... 2nd Junior Executive
George Fenneman ... Himself / TV Announcer
Carl Princi ... 1st Junior Executive
Sheila Rogers ... 1st Girl
Robert Sweeney ... 3rd Junior Executive
Ivan Volkman ... The President
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Bacon ... Treasure Hunter (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... TV Board Member / Junior Executive / Dancer (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Ron Charles ... Broker (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... TV Board Member (uncredited)
Joey Faye ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Treasure Hunter (uncredited)
George Golden ... Treasure Hunter (uncredited)
Don Koll ... Executive (uncredited)
Al Nesor ... Newseller (uncredited)
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Mrs. Frump (uncredited)
Barry O'Hara ... Executive (uncredited)
Howard Parker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Virginia Sale ... Cleaning Woman (uncredited)

Anne Seymour ... Gertrude Biggley (uncredited)

Tucker Smith ... Passerby / Dancing Executive (uncredited)
David Swift ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... TV Board Member (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Minister with Large Bible (uncredited)
Helen Verbit ... Mrs. Needlebaum - Finch's Landlady (uncredited)

Directed by
David Swift 
 
Writing credits
Abe Burrows (book) and
Jack Weinstock (book) and
Willie Gilbert (book)

Shepherd Mead (novel)

David Swift (written by)

Produced by
David Swift .... producer
Irving Temaner .... associate producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
 
Film Editing by
Allan Jacobs 
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Casting by
Shirley Mellner 
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Costume Design by
Micheline 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Fae M. Smith .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... unit manager
Allen K. Wood .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John D. Bloss .... assistant director
Michael J. Dmytryk .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mary Blair .... color designer
Sam Gordon .... property master
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Robert Martin .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist
James Richard .... sound editor
James D. Young .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Virgil Partch .... visual gags
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Stott .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Hall .... costumer: women
Ed Ware .... costumer: men
 
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Bob Fosse .... original musical stager
Jimmy Joyce .... vocal supervisor
Frank Loesser .... music and lyrics by
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Nelson Riddle .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Abe Burrows .... director: stage play
Cy Feuer .... stage producer
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Ernest H. Martin .... stage producer
Dale Moreda .... choreographer
Charles Mulvehill .... production associate
Norman Stuart .... dialogue supervisor
Edward Folger .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"How to Succeed in Business..." - USA (short title)
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Runtime:
121 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #21357)

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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:
Continuity: During opening credits number, Robert Morse and a young fellow window washer board an electric scaffolding in exterior rooftop shot, but by next scene when scaffolding has descended a few floors, co-worker is now a much older man with much less hair.See more »
Quotes:
J. Pierpont Finch:Just remember, Wally, we're all brothers.
J. B. Biggley:Some of us are uncles.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood Musicals of the 60's (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Believe in YouSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Sharp Rap Across The Corporate Knuckles, 4 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

One of the most often overlooked movie musicals of the 1960s is also one of the most successful: the screen version of the Broadway smash HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, which delivers a sharp comic rap across the corporate knuckles in its tale of a nobody (Robert Morse) who uses a self-help book to rocket up the corporate ladder--and by the time our hero reaches the heights, romantic complications leads him to wonder what price corporate success.

Although the business world has changed quite a bit since 1967, SUCCEED is so dead-on with its attack that even modern corporate leaders will be bloodied from the fray. The company is just large enough so that no one knows what is actually going on, leadership cries out for creative solutions then promptly fires any one who shows a talent for it, and promotion doesn't hinge so much upon ability as it does upon sucking up, backstabbing, and looking like you know what you're doing. There are jabs at dressing for success, the idea that employees don't engage in sexual hankypanky, hidden nepotism, and the importance of belonging to the "right" clubs. And along the way our hero meets the classic business crowd: the company man, the bombshell secretary, the boss' nephew, and a host of largely incompetent yes-men VPs.

The film is very stylized, making no pretense at naturalism per se, and the cast follows suit, playing in a way that blends beautifully with the self-boosting and jingoistic tone that pervades the piece. Robert Morse gives a truly brilliant performance in the lead--and one wonders why Hollywood so seldom used him in later years; Michele Lee, as the secretary who befriends him, is equally fine, and the supporting cast is wonderful all the way around. The musical numbers (which includes such numbers as "The Company Way," "A Secretary Is Not A Toy," "It's Been A Long Day," and "Brotherhood of Man") are remarkably sly and memorably performed. All in all, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is sure to appeal to any one who has had the misfortune to grapple with the idiocies of corporate America--and it will almost certainly outrage every "company man" on your city block. Strongly recommended, but make sure you get the widescreen version; pan-and-scan doesn't cut it on this one! Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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