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How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his ... See full summary »

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Denis Dimbleby Bagley
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Julia Bagley
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John Bristol
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Penny Wheelstock
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Psychiatrist
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Monica
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Harry Wax
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Richard
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Maud
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Waiter
Gino Melvazzi ...
Waiter
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Tweedy Man
Dawn Keeler ...
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Kerryann White ...
Girl in Elevator
Vivienne McKone ...
Sullivan Bristol Receptionist
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Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his relationship with his wife, his friends and his boss, but also his own body - graphically demonstrated when he grows a large stress-related boil on his shoulder. But when the boil grows eyes and a mouth and starts talking, Bagley really begins to think he's lost his mind. But has he? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The Career Where Two Heads Are Better Than One

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Comedy | Fantasy

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29 March 1990 (West Germany)  »

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Come fare carriera nella pubblicità  »

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$418,053 (USA)
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Hugh Armstong is dubbed by Nicky Henson. See more »

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During the anniversary party, the strap on Julia's dress changes shoulders for one scene. When the dress is on the opposite shoulder, it looks a different colour as well. See more »

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Denis Dimbleby Bagley: Let me try and clarify some of this for you. Best Company Supermarkets are not interested in selling wholesome foods. They are not worried about the nation's health. What is concerning them, is that the nation appears to be getting worried about its health, and that is what's worrying Best Co., because Best Co. wants to go on selling them what it always has, i.e. white breads, baked beans, canned foods, and that suppurating, fat squirting little heart attack traditionally known as ...
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Referenced in Melrose Place: My New Partner (1993) See more »

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Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 ('Organ Symphony')
Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conducted by Rick Wentworth
Published by Editions Durand, S.A. Paris-UMP Ltd.
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Great film on modern life
11 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Hilarious, bitter satire of adverising, humanity, and personality. Ad exec Dennis Bagley gets so hung up on boils developing a "boilbusters" ad campaign that he grows a malignant boil which takes on its own personality and eventually takes over the show. Grant is perfect in the lead role, the direction and photography are excellent, and the effects cheap but grotesque. There are so many hilarious scenes, I found myself laughing out loud through most of the film even though I saw it by myself! I love the scene where Bagley explains to his wife why the boil only talks to her when she turns away : "He's waiting for you to do it!" A classic, should be sought out by all fans of sadistic humour(especially British, i.e. League of Gentlemen, Monty Python) .


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