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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | August 1957 (USA)
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To save his career, a writer for television advertising wants a famous actress to endorse a lipstick. In return, he has to pretend to be her new lover.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Frank Tashlin (screen story and screenplay), George Axelrod (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Randall ... Rockwell P. Hunter
Jayne Mansfield ... Rita Marlowe
Betsy Drake ... Jenny Wells
Joan Blondell ... Violet
John Williams ... Irving La Salle Jr.
Henry Jones ... Henry Rufus
Lili Gentle Lili Gentle ... April Hunter
Mickey Hargitay ... Bobo Branigansky
Georgia Carr Georgia Carr ... Calypso Number
Dick Whittinghill ... T.V. Interviewer
Ann McCrea Ann McCrea ... Gladys
Alberto Morin ... Frenchman
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Frenchman
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Storyline

In this spoof of the TV advertising industry, Rockwell Hunter is the low man on the totem pole at the advertising company where he works. That is, until he finds the perfect spokes model for Stay-Put lipstick, the famous actress with the oh-so-kissable lips, Rita Marlowe. Unfortunately, in exchange, Rock has to act publicly as Rita's "Loverdoll", and Rock's fiancée Jenny isn't too happy about it either. Written by Syam Gadde <gadde@cs.duke.edu>

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Man, oh man, oh Mansfield! [UK] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La blonde explosive See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jayne Mansfield plays Rita Marlowe in this film, and had acted as Rita Marlowe in the 1955 play. See more »

Quotes

Rock Hunter: Of course, the great thing about television is that it lets you see events live as they happen, like old movies from thirty years ago.
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Crazy Credits

Instead of "The End", it says "The Very Living End". See more »

Connections

References Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) See more »

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You Got It Made
by Bobby Troup
Performed by Georgia Carr (uncredited)
Also sung by an off-screen vocal group
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Jayne shines
25 July 1999 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

A lightweight comedy famous as Mansfield's next big film after 'The Girl Can't Help It'. This was again produced by Frank Tashlin and satirises Jayne's public persona: a busty star of little apparent talent who will do anything for publicity.

Here Jayne plays Rita Marlowe who teams with advertising exec Rock Hunter (Tony Randall) for mutual gain. The film is quite long winded and wordy, revealing its stage origins, and mixes send-ups of the Hollywood publicity machine, the climb up the corporate ladder, and the introduction of television, though the unsubtle anti-TV jokes are very dated.

But anyone watching will be watching for Jayne and she's great. All her too-brief scenes are funny and she plays well with Joan Blondell, who is excellent as Rita's wise companion-assistant. Other enjoyable performers in the cast are John Williams of Hitchcock's 'To Catch a Thief' and 'Dial 'M' For Murder', and Henry Jones, the supercilious coroner in 'Vertigo'.


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