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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 »
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:
Good Musical, Excellent Score and Great Performance by Rudy Vallee See more (46 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:
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:
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1962. Only eight musicals have won the Pulitzer Prize in drama - one per decade from the 1930s to the 1990s. They are as follows: Of Thee I Sing (1972) (TV) from the 1930s, South Pacific (1958) from the 1940s, Fiorello from the 1950s, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) from the 1960s, A Chorus Line (1985) from the 1970s, "American Playhouse: Sunday in the Park with George (#5.19)" (1986) from the 1980s, Rent (2005) from the 1990s and Next to Normal from the 2000s.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Finch picks up a copy of the How To Succeed book at the newsstand, he leaves without paying for it.See more »
Quotes:
J. Pierpont Finch:An emotional involvement can only lead to getting involved... emotionally.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Brotherhood of ManSee more »

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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Good Musical, Excellent Score and Great Performance by Rudy Vallee, 9 January 2000

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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