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The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  10 April 1987 (USA)
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A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

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Donald Davenport
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Jean (as Carol-Ann Susi)
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Brantley Foster, a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always dreamed of making it big in New York. On his first work day in New York, he is fired in a hostile take-over and learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley visits his distant uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a multi-million-dollar company, he is given a job in the company's mail room. Then Brantley meets Christy Wills, who happens to be one of the top executives. Brantley sees how poorly the company is being run and decides to create a position under the name Carlton Whitfield, to influence and improve the company's operations. Soon things get unexpectedly out of hand, not in the least because of his aunt, his girl and leading a double life. Written by watzdabigdeal

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There's no such thing as an overnight success. Brantley Foster took two weeks.

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10 April 1987 (USA)  »

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The Secret of My Success  »

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$66,995,879 (USA)
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Trivia

The picture has often been likened by critics and audiences to the earlier movie How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967). See more »

Goofs

When Christy hands the notes she stole from Brantley to Howard they are in a red folder. Howard returns the notes in a manila folder to Christy, but when Brantley discovers them in Christy's bag, they are once again in the red folder. See more »

Quotes

Brantley Foster: Whoa, whoa, listen, I'm going to need your help, both of you.
Fred Melrose: Is it something I could get fired for?
Brantley Foster: Absolutely.
Fred Melrose: I like it!
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Referenced in Moone Boy: Handball Duel (2014) See more »

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Come Get My Love
Written by Robert Marcial
Performed by TKA
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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good movie
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Secret of my Success is one of my all time favorite movies. Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater look very well together and I know no one else could have played in the movie and looked that good. They played their parts extremely well and I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for a (romantic) comedy. I wish that the directors would have done a sequel because I just couldn't get enough. I absolutely love this movie and I have to watch it every time I see it on TV. My 6 year old daughter really gets into the movie as well and says that she absolutely loves the movie also. It is a great family film. Michael J. Fox is just a wonderful actor and Helen Slater is great. I wish that they would have done more films like this one and with these two specific movie stars.


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