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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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Taglines:

Nothing Succeeds Like "Succeed" ! ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,322,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1964, Tony Curtis expressed interest in playing the role of the up-and-coming young business exec eventually portrayed by Robert Morse, even though he was then nearly 40 and far too old for the role. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after Finch asks Rosemary to call him Ponty, Smitty, who,was not present at the conversation, calls him Ponty. She could not have known his nickname. See more »

Quotes

J. Pierpont Finch: [Twimble is singing the praises of the company] The company restaurant?
Mr. Twimble: Every day, same lunch. The haddock sandwich, it's delicious!
J. Pierpont Finch: [Unimpressed] I must try it.
Mr. Twimble: [a warning] Early in the week.
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Referenced in Angel: Power Play (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Believe in You
(uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Robert Morse, Michele Lee and executives
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How To Succeed Rules Haven't Changed Since 1967
19 May 2006 | by craig_smith9See all my reviews

The longer I watched the movie the more convinced I became that the world of business in 2006 is the same as it was in 1967. Robert Morse as J.P. Finch finds a self-help book that he uses as his guide to get ahead in the corporate world. Nothing different there than now. Go to any bookstore and there are an amazing number of "how to" books simply written and easily read (don't get me wrong, many are indeed very good).

J.P. Finch follows every page's instructions very carefully. He learns how to utilize people's weaknesses to promote himself. Along the way he sings several quite original songs that are quite entertaining and definitely add to the story.

It was evident that everyone making the movie was having a good time. Yet they took their roles seriously and did not overplay their roles. The comedy is high level and the satire is nothing less than brilliant.


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