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
When Mr. Gatch grabs Rosemary and is rebuffed, he says, "I really have to stop reading Playboy." How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was serialized in Playboy magazine. See more »
Although Finch's rise to top of corporate world is supposedly pegged to sequential chapters of same-named title book he reads throughout movie, his progress through text isn't sequential - even near end of movie he is seen poring over beginning chapters for next bit of ladder-climbing advice. See more »
Funny musical with catchy tunes and a few twists and turns.
I stumbled along this movie on a rainy Sunday. For some reason I could not change the channel. I was interested to see where Finch would end up. The good thing about this movie is that it was filmed in 1967 providing some interesting stereotypes.
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