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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Much better then I remembered See more (45 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
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)
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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)

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Trivia:
Many of the actors, notably Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee, reprised their Broadway roles in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Finch is showing his advertising campaign to the directors, J.B Biggley says, "Bravo, J.B, you've done it again!" to Finch, using his own name.See more »
Quotes:
J. Pierpont Finch:This is the secret ingredient: it can't miss, I'm combining greed with sex.See more »
Soundtrack:
Brotherhood of ManSee more »

FAQ

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Much better then I remembered, 7 May 2005
Author: marbleann from Houston

I saw this movie on a local PBS station for the first time since it originally came out in the movies. I was only 10 at the time so I didn't get it and I remember not being crazy about it. ALthough the song "I believe in you" was a favorite of mine. I actually looked at the TV schedule to see what else was on. And I vowed to change the channel at 12, the coming hour. But a funny thing happened, I forgot about the other movie and I remained glued to the screen and saw it to the end. The movie is about a window washer who pledges to become a CEO within a short time by reading a "How To Book", hence the title. How delightful to see Michelle Lee singing..what a voice. I didn't remember her singing I Believe in You. Then we have Robert Morse. I was never a big fan of the slap stick comedy ala Jim Carrey Chevy Chase and Robin Wiliams. Robert Morse could give them all a few lessons on playing broad comedy without going over board. Rudy Vallee and the man who played Big Deal in West Side Story (one of my favorite musicals) were hilarious. He was the nephew of the CEO Vallee so we all know what type of character he was playing. We also have the CEO's bimbo girlfriend who wants to get out of the Secretary pool. She actually is not as dumb as we are suppose to think she is. It was a very upbeat funny movie. And for some reason I believe a lot of people in the business world probably know even less then the Robert Morse character, a window washer Maybe they should read the same type of book he was reading. This musical actually would be good if it was just the story. The book could stand on its own. I felt the same way about Carousel. Which deals with very serious issues. The music adds to the story which IMO separates a OK musicals from a great musical. This is a great musical. Oh beware a few songs were cut for the film. The Broadway musical was almost 3 hours, as a lot are. They have intermissions on Broadway. So they cut musical numbers from movie musicals. They did that with Guys and Dolls, one of the great songs at that. HTSIBWRT they cut the Coffee break scene, a great scene. So just as a caution to people who look at movie versions of Broadway musicals. Don't expect to see/hear all of the songs. It's a dumb practice because there are movies made now which are running 3 hours which have a whole lot less going for them then a Broadway musical.

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