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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 »

Director:

Andrew L. Stone

Writer:

Andrew L. Stone
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Cast

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
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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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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Segredo do Meu Sucesso See more »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Music Box Waltz
By Christopher L. Stone (as Christopher Stone)
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Not much better in widescreen
28 July 2002 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

I've just viewed the gorgeous print recently shown on TCM, and I can assure the previous reviewer, and anyone else who has seen a pan and scan copy, that the film is no better in pristine condition than it is otherwise. James Booth is deadly dull as the lead, Lionel Jeffries is obviously trying to channel the spirit of one of Peter Sellers multi-role performances, and the story is ineptly developed. The giant spiders are vaguely amusing but gosh, I went to see Eight Legged Freaks the day before I watched this, and the spiders in that film were a lot more fun.


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