How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

1967, Musical/Comedy, 1h 59m

13 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Movie Info

J. Pierpont Finch (Robert Morse) is a lowly window cleaner with dreams of making it big in the business world. After finding a copy of the book "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," Finch decides to apply the tactics in the book to his own life. Soon, he's working as a mail-room clerk at the World Wide Wicket Company and quickly fighting his way up the corporate ladder with relative ease in this quirky musical based on the hit Broadway production.

Cast & Crew

Robert Morse
J. Pierpont Finch
Michele Lee
Rosemary Pilkington
Rudy Vallee
Jasper B. Biggley
John Myhers
Bert O. Bratt
Carol Worthington
Lucille Krumholtz
Kay Reynolds
Miss Smith aka Smitty
Ruth Kobart
Miss Jones
Sammy Smith
Twimble - Wally Womper
David Swift
Screenwriter
Walter Mirisch
Executive Producer
Nelson Riddle
Original Music
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer
Allan Jacobs
Film Editing
Robert F. Boyle
Art Director
Edward G. Boyle
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  • Jul 02, 2014
    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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
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  • May 31, 2009
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2009
    Far from my favorite musical, but still fun. The Coen's borrowed from this liberally for The Hudsucker Proxy.
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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