Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?



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Jayne Mansfield recreated her starmaking stage role in this film adaptation of George Axelrod's Broadway comedy. Mansfield plays a Monroe-like movie queen whom adman Tony Randall hopes to sign for a product endorsement. Through a fluke, the press believes that Randall is having an affair with Mansfield; she eagerly pounces on the attendant publicity, much to the dismay of her body-builder beau (Mickey Hargitay, then married to Mansfield). At the behest of his ad agency, Randall is forced to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Tashlin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 8, 2006
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.


as Rock Hunter

as Rita Marlowe

as Jenny

as Violet

as Rufus

as April

as Calypso Number

as Surprise Guest

as TV Interviewer

as Gladys

as Junior's Secretary

as Mailman

as Mailman

as Mr. Ezzarus

as Hotel Doorman

as Receptionist

as Breakfast Food Demon...

as Secretary

as Razor Demonstrator

as Theater Manager

as Scrubwoman

as Scrubwoman

as Frenchman

as Frenchman
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Critic Reviews for Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

[Mansfield] constantly catches you off guard. She's this unabashedly crude movie's bleached-blond heart and soul.

Full Review… | April 9, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

In converting the stageplay Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? to his purposes, Frank Tashlin turns out a vastly amusing comedy.

Full Review… | July 21, 2006
Top Critic

[Tashlin], as the writer, producer and director of the film, has let it go mushy and sprawling even more than the original play of George Axelrod.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The not inconsiderable charms of Jayne Mansfield are much to the fore, but it's Randall's performance as timid advertising executive Rockwell Hunter that holds the whole thing together.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Tashlin had a huge stylistic impact on the New Wave. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, his greatest film, is the template for Godard's bold use of primary colors and 'Scope in the 60s.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"...it's not the targets that failed to entertain me as much as the way the movie takes aim."

Full Review… | February 1, 2014

Audience Reviews for Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Frothy, fun comedy with some smart jabs at advertising and fan worship. Tony Randall is a hoot as the suddenly fish out of water main character and Jayne Mansfield, repeating her stage triumph, is a knockout and proves an adapt comedienne. Had she had more roles like this her career at the top might not have been so short. Joan Blondell scores strongly as Jayne's right hand woman.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Witty, entertaining comedy starring Tony Randall and Jayne Mansfield in the role that made her famous.

Tony Randall steals the show here, and camp queen Jayne Mansfield is a bit annoying (she's used to better effect in "The Girl Can't Help It," but this is still a classy, first class comedy.

vittorio carli

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