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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1967 Wide

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Robert Morse recreated his Tony-winning stage role in this 1967 film version of Frank Loesser's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical. A humble window washer at the New York offices of World Wide Wickets, J. Pierpont Finch applies the lessons he's learned from a book called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to wangle his way to the top of the executive heap. Though advised by the mailroom supervisor (Sammy Smith) to keep a low profile and play things "The Company Way," Finch

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Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy

David Swift

May 15, 2001

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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

...perfect synthesis of singing, dancing, comedy, and satire, a show that brought scintillating dialogue, sharp-edged lyrics, and catchy tunes into sharp focus.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

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.
December 10, 2010
ajv2688

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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.
May 31, 2009
hobster1

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Far from my favorite musical, but still fun. The Coen's borrowed from this liberally for The Hudsucker Proxy.
April 26, 2009
kenstachnik

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You get the sense the some of the rougher satire in the original stage musical has been smoothed out for more mainstream audiences but what's there is still effective. Although the best reason to see the film is for Morse, whose wonderfully strange performance is the antithesis of what you'd expect from a musical comedy. He makes such consistent offbeat choices that you might wonder why any of the producers left him in the picture if you weren't so glad they did.
July 2, 2014
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