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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Approved | | 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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Rockwell P. Hunter / Himself / Lover Doll
... Rita Marlowe
... Jenny Wells
... Violet
... Irving La Salle Jr.
... Henry Rufus
Lili Gentle ... April Hunter
... Bobo Branigansky
Georgia Carr ... Calypso Number
... T.V. Interviewer
Ann McCrea ... Gladys
... Frenchman
Louis Mercier ... Frenchman
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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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Jayne throws you a curve when you ask the leading question! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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The film is based on a 1955 play by George Axelrod, but the film story is totally different, having been rewritten by director Frank Tashlin. The play had no Rock Hunter and Rita Marlowe only had a minor role; it was a Faust story with Hollywood about George McCauley, a writer who sells his soul to a producer for success. See more »

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Gladys: Watch out! He's probably on his fourth tranquilizer by now.
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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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Classic 50s Satire
18 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is, in my opinion, Tashlin's best film... also the best of Randall and Mansfield I've seen. Randall's television interlude is a classic, the opening credits, executive washroom scene and Bobo Branigansky interview are also fun. Wonderful sets and Technicolor cinematography rivaling Douglas Sirk in garishness.

I showed clips from the opening credits for a class presentation and someone was surprised they had such biting social satire back in the 50s. "Nick at Night" and "Pleasantville" the 50s weren't...


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