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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) Poster

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Rita Marlowe was named after actresses Rita Hayworth and Jean Harlow; the surname Marlowe is also an homage to 16th century playwright Christopher Marlowe, who wrote the 1604 drama "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus", which loosely inspired the original play this film was based on.
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Rita Marlowe (Jayne Mansfield)'s screen credits are the titles of Mansfield's films The Girl Can't Help It (1956), Kiss Them for Me (1957) and The Wayward Bus (1957).
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The radio announces Rita Marlowe has just completed a picture with Cary Grant mere moments before the appearance of Betsy Drake (Jenny Wells), who was married to Grant at the time.
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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.
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Rita's poodle is named Shamroy, after long-time Fox cinematographer Leon Shamroy - who, ironically, did not photograph this picture.
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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.
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Jayne Mansfield plays Rita Marlowe in this film, and had acted as Rita Marlowe in the 1955 play.
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The book Marlowe reads in the bathtub is Grace Metalious's "Peyton Place", which eventually be adapted into a feature film and a TV series.
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Studio head Buddy Adler purchased the rights to the play to get Mansfield out of her stage contract, even though he didn't believe that the play would make a good movie. Frank Tashlin had seen Mansfield's screen test for The Wayward Bus (1957) and wanted her for his film version of Garson Kanin's novel "Do Re Mi" (which would become the comedy The Girl Can't Help It (1956))
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Average Shot Length = ~10.6 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~8.9 seconds.
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