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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 & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Randall ... Rockwell P. Hunter / Himself / Lover Doll
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

Average Shot Length = ~10.6 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~8.9 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Henry Rufus: [watching reporters swarm a movie star] What's Rita saying?... Turn on the TV.
Rock Hunter: Which station?
Henry Rufus: Any station! It's like when the president speaks.
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Instead of "The End", it says "The Very Living End". See more »

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References Peyton Place (1957) 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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Oh Lover Doll !!!
5 January 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Frothy, fun comedy with some smart jabs at advertising and fan worship. Tony Randall is a hoot as the suddenly fish out of water main character and Jayne Mansfield, repeating her stage triumph, is a knockout and proves an adapt comedienne. She's no Marilyn Monroe but had she had more roles like this her career at the top might not have been so short.

While Tony and Jayne do most of the heavy lifting script wise the main supporting cast adds a great deal to the picture. Joan Blondell scores strongly as Jayne's right hand woman. An actress of wonderful subtlety she makes what could have been a nothing role both humorous and touching at times. Henry Jones and John Williams both add sly portrayals of two different kinds of successful men, one who wants to climb higher and the other who never wanted to be there in the first place. The weakest link is Betsy Drake as Rock's true love, the part doesn't offer much but unlike Blondell she doesn't have the distinction to make more of it than what's on the page. She doesn't mar the film she's just sort of there and when she's off screen you forget about her.

The picture has that high gloss studio sheen and gorgeous saturated color that was a signature of the A pictures of that time. A winner and a great showcase for its stars.


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