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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 a "How to..." manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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I Believe In You! See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Kay Reynolds ... Miss Smith aka Smitty
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:
Paul Bradley ... TV Board Member / Junior Executive / Dancer (uncredited)
Ron Charles ... Broker (uncredited)
Joey Faye ... Taxi Driver (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)
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 | USA:Approved (certificate #21357)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The original Broadway production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" opened at the Forty-sixth Street Theater in New York on October 14, 1961, ran for 1417 performances and won the 1962 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Book and was nominated for Best Score. Robert Morse (Winner of the 1962 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Rudy Vallee, Ruth Kobart and Sammy Smith recreated their stage roles for the movie version.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: At the end of the movie, it is suggested that Finch's next career move should be President of the United States. He subsequently shows up at the White House washing the Oval Office windows. Since he had previously indicated he was 28 years old, and the movie takes place in 1967, he could not run for President until the 1976 election, as the US Constitution requires the President be at least 35 years old.See more »
Quotes:
J. Pierpont Finch:An emotional involvement can only lead to getting involved... emotionally.See more »
Soundtrack:
Grand Old IvySee more »

FAQ

Chicago Opening Happened When?
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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
I Believe In You!, 3 September 1999
Author: Eric-62-2 from Morristown, NJ

Except for four songs being dropped and a slight altering of the original story's pacing, this is a flawless translation of a Broadway classic to the big screen, making great use of New York locations and retaining Robert Morse in the best role of his entire career as the ambitious window washer J. Pierrepoint Finch who climbs his way up the corporate ladder by every little trick in a book that the musical takes it's title from. Morse's timing and delivery is perfect and everyone who's played the part of Finch since on Broadway (most notably Matthew Broderick a few years back) have had to emulate his basic approach to the part.

Michele Lee is also perfect as the secretary Rosemary who is madly in love with Finch. Her sexy solo of "I Believe In You" (a vast improvement over the stage's "Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm") makes you wish she hadn't given up Broadway for TV success because she has one of the best singing voices you'll ever hear.

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