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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 »
User Reviews:
Stinging Satire 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)

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Trivia:
The scene featuring Robert Morse skipping & dancing down the street on his way to work (immediately after the "Old Ivy" fight song duet with Rudy Vallee) was filmed on location in New York City using hidden cameras and a small earpiece to cue Morse on his timing. The various amused & astonished passersby were not extras, but rather were New Yorkers reacting genuinely to someone dancing to his own tune.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:
Gertrude Biggley:What's nepotism?
J. B. Biggley:That's when your nephew's a damn poop!
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Soundtrack:
Grand Old IvySee more »

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42 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Stinging Satire, 23 May 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

In this film version of the 1960's Broadway musical that won 7 Tony Awards, Robert Morse (Tony winner) plays J. Pierpont Finch, a New York City window washer, who takes the advice of a how-to-succeed book, and quickly ascends the corporate ladder.

This is one of the best musicals ever made. The songs are forceful and original. The dialogue is sharp-witted. The plot is a hoot. The pace is brisk. And the casting is perfect. In addition to a superbly funny Morse, the film features talented Michele Lee, and the great Rudy Vallee. Of special mention is Maureen Arthur. She is hilarious as the curvaceous (39-22-38), but vacuous secretary, Miss Hedy LaRue. In one scene, Finch asks her if she can type fast; her self-confident response: "like a jack rabbit, 12 words a minute".

Underneath the humor, "How To Succeed In Business ..." is, of course, a scathing indictment of corporate culture. The film also takes a gleefully irreverent jab at pop-psychology books.

The visuals look dated now, with those awful 60's hats and hairdos, and that bright orange, yellow, and red decor; yet, even that is part of the film's charm.

"How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" is wonderfully entertaining. And its biting social commentary is as timely now as it was in 1967.

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