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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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Mamie Van Doren turned down the role of Rita Marlowe because it was a spoof on Marilyn Monroe and Van Doren was continuously getting compared to her. See more »

Quotes

Rita Marlowe: Don't leave me out, I have to be important in my own incorporated.
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Tony Randall plays the 20th Century Fox fanfare when the logo appears, saying it was in his contract to do so. He then introduces the film, but forgets the title and tries to remember it. Finally, his three female co-stars appear to announce the film's correct title. 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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The Best of the Best
16 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Frank Tashlin's brilliantly sardonic romantic satire remains his best film, one of many forgotten Tashlin masterpieces of the 1950s. Jayne Mansfield shines as the larger-than-life comic relief, Tony Randall is Tashlin's troubled alter ego, torn between corporate "success" and personal satisfaction, Henry Jones is his tragic, pill-popping, excessively phlegmatic executive co-worker , Joan Blondell a washed-up, lovelorn, milk-obsessed (!) variation on the Mansfield-type. The color, the Cinemascope, the set design all produces a cartoon-like visual magic which makes the deeply serious subject matter not only palatable but highly entertaining. Never mind Tashlin's mastery of Brechtian distanciation...


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