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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 9 March 1967 (USA)
Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... J. Pierpont Finch
... Rosemary Pilkington
... Jasper B. Biggley
... Bud Frump (as Anthony Teague)
... Hedy LaRue
John Myhers ... Bert O. Bratt
... Lucille Krumholtz
Kathryn Reynolds ... Miss Smith aka Smitty (as Kay Reynolds)
... Miss Jones
Sammy Smith ... Twimble / Wally Womper
Jeff DeBenning ... Gatch (as Jeff Debenning)
Janice Carroll ... Brenda
... Tackaberry
... Toynbee
... Johnson
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Twenty-seven year old New York window washer, J. Pierrepont Finch, believes he can be a success in the corporate world after he impulsively picks up the book "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". The book promises its reader that he can climb the corporate ladder simply and quickly. The Worldwide Wicket Corporation, the business in the office building whose windows he washes is, according to the book, the perfect type of business. There he meets secretary Rosemary Pilkington, who sees in Ponty (as she calls him) an unassuming man who she believes the corporate world will eat alive. But Ponty, memorizing what the book tells him, does quickly climb the corporate ladder but not by doing any real work. Ponty has a few obstacles along the way such as: Bud Frump who sees Ponty as a rival and is the nephew by marriage of the company president J.B. Biggley; Hedy La Rue, a curvaceous but simple woman who has a secret or not-so-secret tie to someone important in the company; Mr. ... Written by Huggo

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Nothing Succeeds Like "Succeed" ! ! See more »

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The Mirisch Company paid $1,000,000 for the film rights, an astronomical figure in 1964. See more »

Goofs

An exterior shot implies that nightfall is descending on New York City at the end of the workday (5pm). This would indicate that it is winter. However, most of the women employees are wearing short-sleeved or sleeveless warm-weather styles, and the CEO mentions that he plans to play golf the next day. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Gatch: Rosemary, seeing you always brightens my day. (He tries to kiss her)
Rosemary: Mr. Gatch!
Mr. Gatch: I'm gonna have to stop reading "Playboy."
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Featured in Hollywood Musicals of the 60's (2000) See more »

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Been a Long Day
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Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Robert Morse, Michelle Lee, Rudy Vallee, Kathryn Reynolds,
Maureen Arthur and Anthony 'Scooter' Teague
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Still a great comedy after 35 years
13 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I just watched HTSIBWRT on DVD with my sons (14 and 11), both of them said that is was the best movie they have seen in a while (including Spiderman). Funny, great songs and Frank Loesser lyrics can't be beat. The 60's sets are terrific, the bright colors echo the optimism of the film.


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