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The Secret of My Success (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 December 1965 (UK)
Arthur Tate rose to his fame, wealth and respectability quickly from humble beginnings as a naive and somewhat bumbling police constable in a small English town. He attributes this rise to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Jones ... Marigold Marado
Stella Stevens ... Violet Lawson
Honor Blackman ... Lily, Baroness von Lukenberg
James Booth ... Arthur Tate
Lionel Jeffries ... Insp. Hobart / Baron von Lukenberg / The Earl of Aldershot / President Esteda
Richard Vernon ... Lord Hetherby
Amy Dalby Amy Dalby ... Mrs. Tate
David Davenport David Davenport ... Dr. Adams
Peadar Lamb Peadar Lamb ... Superintendent Henderson
Ann Lancaster Ann Lancaster ... Angela Pringle
Martin Benson ... Rex Mansard
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Gen. Ferdinand Velez
Nicolau Breyner Nicolau Breyner ... Pallazio
Ernest Clark ... Earl of Aldershot's solicitor
Bob Harris Bob Harris


Arthur Tate rose to his fame, wealth and respectability quickly from humble beginnings as a naive and somewhat bumbling police constable in a small English town. He attributes this rise to his mantra: "believe in people, have faith in mankind, and never search for evil", which was instilled in him by his mother. Although the tenets of this mantra did help, his rise was also due to his romantic affection for three women: dressmaker Violet Lawson whose husband went missing and was presumed murdered; Lily, the Baroness von Lukenberg, whose husband had a seeming affinity for the issues of selective breeding and spiders; and movie producer Marigold Marado, who wanted to make a realistic film of a political revolution. His rise was also due to Mrs. Tate, who always seemed to have an extra piece of information which would make her suggest to the people in power that her son Arthur be provided a position where he could do more good. Perhaps Mrs. Tate had a grander plan for herself. Written by Huggo

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How three beautiful girls love for fun - and murder for profit.




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Release Date:

20 December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Segredo do Meu Sucesso See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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7 August 2005 | by beresfordjdSee all my reviews

Aspires to be appalling but falls short of even that. It is never as good as appalling at any time.Whose idea was it that Booth should be given a starring role?

James Booth I used to see in earlier UK movies and he was never able to play a likable character, even when attempting the lovable rogue as in Zulu. Another really bad idea was using US actresses like Shirley Jones and Stella Stevens to appeal to an American audience. Then some fool added monster spiders-yes monster spiders!! This must tell you something about the utter vacuity of ideas on display here. Whoever put up the money for this crap must have been on something mind-bending at the time (well it was the sixties) Give this turkey a miss!!

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