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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.

Director:

David Swift

Writers:

Abe Burrows (book), Jack Weinstock (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morse ... J. Pierpont Finch
Michele Lee ... Rosemary Pilkington
Rudy Vallee ... Jasper B. Biggley
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ... Bud Frump (as Anthony Teague)
Maureen Arthur ... Hedy LaRue
John Myhers John Myhers ... Bert O. Bratt
Carol Worthington ... Lucille Krumholtz
Kathryn Reynolds Kathryn Reynolds ... Miss Smith aka Smitty (as Kay Reynolds)
Ruth Kobart ... Miss Jones
Sammy Smith Sammy Smith ... Twimble / Wally Womper
Jeff DeBenning Jeff DeBenning ... Gatch (as Jeff Debenning)
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ... Brenda
Robert Q. Lewis ... Tackaberry
Paul Hartman ... Toynbee
Dan Tobin ... Johnson
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Storyline

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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Of all the Broadway musical comedies that ever made the screen sing out - nothing succeeds like "Succeed"! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Succeed in Business... See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Sammy Smith really did prove it's possible to succeed in business without even trying. Not only was he Twimble, the head of the mail room at the beginning, but he also was Wally Womper, the chairman of the board, at the conclusion. Just read the credits that this actor portrayed two unbelievably different characters in looks, speech, mannerisms and singing voice in such an outstanding way.. See more »

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When Finch reports to work early on Saturday morning, the shadows indicate it is midday, not early morning. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Twimble: Last month I became a quarter-of-a-century man.
J. Pierpont Finch: Oh, that's beautiful, a quarter-of-a-century.
Mr. Twimble: Quarter-of-a-century.
J. Pierpont Finch: How long have you been in the mail room?
Mr. Twimble: Twenty-five years. It's not easy to get this medal. It takes a combination of skill, diplomacy, and bold caution.
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Rosemary
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Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Robert Morse
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What Style, what punch......
2 September 2004 | by JOHN_REIDSee all my reviews

One of the great satirical, musical comedies of the 60s. Robert Morse in the lead role is not unlike a sophisticated version of one of the Jerry Lewis characters of the same era - with the exception that he sings. And, he sings some wonderfully witty songs that must be very close to the bone in companies that take themselves too seriously. Sammy Smith is superb in his dual roles as the quarter of a century mail room head who "plays it the company way" and then later as Chairman Wally, the ex window washer. The lyrics will never date, along with the hammy caricatures of the self serving executives and staff. Not all stage musicals have translated well to the screen but How to Succeed is a noteworthy exception - highly recommended.


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