How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


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Movie Info

In this film version of the Pulitzer-winning Frank Loesser Broadway musical, a humble window washer at the New York offices of World Wide Wickets applies the lessons he's learned from Shepherd Mead's book "How to Succeed etc." to wangle his way to the top of the executive heap.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Swift
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001


as J. Pierpont Finch

as Rosemary Pilkington

as J.B. Biggley

as Hedy LaRue

as Bud Frump

as Benjamin Ovington

as Mr. Twimble/Wally Wo...

as Miss Jones

as TV Announcer

as Mrs. Biggley

as Media Man No. I

as Taxi Cab Driver

as Finch's Landlady

as Cleaning Woman

as Newspaper Seller

as Miss Krumholtz

as Receptionist

as Media Man

as Media Man

as President of the U.S...

as Elevator Operator

as Johnson

as Tackaberry

as Matthews

as Toynbee

as Jenkins

as 1st Junior Executive

as 2nd Executive

as 3rd Executive

as TV Board Member

as Junior Executive

as 1st Girl

as 3rd Junior Executive
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Critic Reviews for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | July 15, 2011
Wall Street Journal
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Full Review… | June 5, 2008
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A great Broadway show becomes a great movie, thanks largely to Morse

September 27, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Truncated from the show, Morse truly bizarre

September 8, 2002

Audience Reviews for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


Such a hilarious musical comedy, it's charming and enjoyable, and has a great cast of not so well known actors. The story is just what it says, a young guy gets a book with the same title as the movie, and follows the steps to quickly climb the corporate ladder with so much ease, that it's ridiculous. This makes fun of the corporate workplace and job hunting. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Bright, splashy film musical about an ambitious young window washer who rises through the ranks of a large corporation following the advice of a self-help book. Textbook example of how to do everything right in translating a musical from stage to film. Features a wonderful Frank Loesser score including the songs, "I Believe In You" and "The Brotherhood of Man". Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee reprise their original Broadway roles. Film debut of Michele Lee.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


Far from my favorite musical, but still fun. The Coen's borrowed from this liberally for The Hudsucker Proxy.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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