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Plot: Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder. Runtime: 121 mins Release Date: 09 Mar 1967
In this film version of the 1960's Broadway musical that won 7 Tony Awards, Robert Morse Tony winner plays J. Pierpont Finch, a New York City window washer, who takes the advice of a how-to-succeed book, and quickly ascends the corporate ladder.This is one of the best musicals ever made. The songs are forceful and original. The dialogue is sharp-witted. The plot is a hoot. The pace is brisk. And the casting is perfect. In addition to a superbly funny Morse, the film features talented Michele Lee, and the great Rudy Vallee. Of special mention is Maureen Arthur. She is hilarious as the <more>
curvaceous 39-22-38 , but vacuous secretary, Miss Hedy LaRue. In one scene, Finch asks her if she can type fast; her self-confident response: "like a jack rabbit, 12 words a minute".Underneath the humor, "How To Succeed In Business ..." is, of course, a scathing indictment of corporate culture. The film also takes a gleefully irreverent jab at pop-psychology books.The visuals look dated now, with those awful 60's hats and hairdos, and that bright orange, yellow, and red decor; yet, even that is part of the film's charm."How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" is wonderfully entertaining. And its biting social commentary is as timely now as it was in 1967.
Based on a very successful Broadway comedy of the 1960s, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING was a marvelous look at climbing the corporate ladder at the height of American Business Success from 1945 to 1970 . Instead of climbing by means of showing superior executive abilities, the successful climbers make it by back stabbing, ass-licking, and trickery. The hero of the fable is window washer J. Pierpont Finch, who is played by Robert Morse who played the role on Broadway . Morse purchases a pamphlet entitled "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". <more>
Throughout the musical and movie we see Finch making his plans while reading the pamphlet, hearing a voice over telling us what he's reading. He starts off in the mail room, and quickly becomes a friend of the retiring mail room head, but also meets his arch-nemesis Bud Frump Anthony Teague . Throughout the film Bud constantly tries to thwart the rise of Finch, but while his schemes seem fool-proof, Finch constantly outwits him.Complicating the story is the behavior of the President of the firm, Jasper B. Bigley Rudy Vallee . Vallee too played the eccentric millionaire on stage - and it is wonderful that both these performances are preserved, for Vallee's greatest film performance is as Bigley - the "old Groundhog" supporter of his alma mater "Old Ivy", as well as the man who relieves his tensions by either going out with his mistress Hedy LaRue Maureen Arthur , or by knitting covers for his golf clubs.Finch too finds romance with Rosemary Michel Lee , a secretary at the corporate giant WORLD WIDE WICKETS. But will he be single minded in his determination to rise to the top, or will he take time out to marry the girl he loves? A splendid spoof, which while exaggerated does suggest more of the reasons for promotions in the corporate and real world than we care to acknowledge usually.
The movie has everything you could want from a movie: humor, music, a great cast, and a complete and thorough plot. The first time I passed it on TV I said,"This movie is stupid." But after I watched the whole movie I got the jokes and understood what was going on. The cast was great especially Robert Morse with his impish grin and great voice and Rudy Vallee from the original Broedway cast. Also Sammy Smith joins the cast from the Broadway play. One of the my personal favorite songs from the movie was "I Believe In You." Where he is in the bathroom singing at the mirror <more>
about himself. This is a great movie and suggest that people should definitely see it.
I just watched HTSIBWRT on DVD with my sons 14 and 11 , both of them said that is was the best movie they have seen in a while including Spiderman . Funny, great songs and Frank Loesser lyrics can't be beat. The 60's sets are terrific, the bright colors echo the optimism of the film.
A Sharp Rap Across The Corporate Knuckles (by gftbiloxi)
One of the most often overlooked movie musicals of the 1960s is also one of the most successful: the screen version of the Broadway smash HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, which delivers a sharp comic rap across the corporate knuckles in its tale of a nobody Robert Morse who uses a self-help book to rocket up the corporate ladder--and by the time our hero reaches the heights, romantic complications leads him to wonder what price corporate success.Although the business world has changed quite a bit since 1967, SUCCEED is so dead-on with its attack that even modern corporate <more>
leaders will be bloodied from the fray. The company is just large enough so that no one knows what is actually going on, leadership cries out for creative solutions then promptly fires any one who shows a talent for it, and promotion doesn't hinge so much upon ability as it does upon sucking up, backstabbing, and looking like you know what you're doing. There are jabs at dressing for success, the idea that employees don't engage in sexual hankypanky, hidden nepotism, and the importance of belonging to the "right" clubs. And along the way our hero meets the classic business crowd: the company man, the bombshell secretary, the boss' nephew, and a host of largely incompetent yes-men VPs.The film is very stylized, making no pretense at naturalism per se, and the cast follows suit, playing in a way that blends beautifully with the self-boosting and jingoistic tone that pervades the piece. Robert Morse gives a truly brilliant performance in the lead--and one wonders why Hollywood so seldom used him in later years; Michele Lee, as the secretary who befriends him, is equally fine, and the supporting cast is wonderful all the way around. The musical numbers which includes such numbers as "The Company Way," "A Secretary Is Not A Toy," "It's Been A Long Day," and "Brotherhood of Man" are remarkably sly and memorably performed. All in all, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is sure to appeal to any one who has had the misfortune to grapple with the idiocies of corporate America--and it will almost certainly outrage every "company man" on your city block. Strongly recommended, but make sure you get the widescreen version; pan-and-scan doesn't cut it on this one! Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer
I grew up on the soundtrack to this, both the Broadway version and later the movie--so much so that I could watch it with the sound off and still not miss anything.But the music is SO catchy and surprisingly undated--a rare thing for 1960's films and the characters played so over-the-top that there's a universal appeal.If you enjoy musicals, or comedy, or just want a 'fun watch', this is a great choice.
The more things change, ... (by eye3)
I've loved this for over twenty years but I had feared it had become dated. I recently watched it again with someone I know who works at Disney. He'd never seen it before but he screamed, "TRUE!" when he wasn't howling with laughter throughout. And this was nearly forty years later!
Much better then I remembered (by marbleann)
I saw this movie on a local PBS station for the first time since it originally came out in the movies. I was only 10 at the time so I didn't get it and I remember not being crazy about it. ALthough the song "I believe in you" was a favorite of mine. I actually looked at the TV schedule to see what else was on. And I vowed to change the channel at 12, the coming hour. But a funny thing happened, I forgot about the other movie and I remained glued to the screen and saw it to the end. The movie is about a window washer who pledges to become a CEO within a short time by reading a <more>
"How To Book", hence the title. How delightful to see Michelle Lee singing..what a voice. I didn't remember her singing I Believe in You. Then we have Robert Morse. I was never a big fan of the slap stick comedy ala Jim Carrey Chevy Chase and Robin Wiliams. Robert Morse could give them all a few lessons on playing broad comedy without going over board. Rudy Vallee and the man who played Big Deal in West Side Story one of my favorite musicals were hilarious. He was the nephew of the CEO Vallee so we all know what type of character he was playing. We also have the CEO's bimbo girlfriend who wants to get out of the Secretary pool. She actually is not as dumb as we are suppose to think she is. It was a very upbeat funny movie. And for some reason I believe a lot of people in the business world probably know even less then the Robert Morse character, a window washer Maybe they should read the same type of book he was reading. This musical actually would be good if it was just the story. The book could stand on its own. I felt the same way about Carousel. Which deals with very serious issues. The music adds to the story which IMO separates a OK musicals from a great musical. This is a great musical. Oh beware a few songs were cut for the film. The Broadway musical was almost 3 hours, as a lot are. They have intermissions on Broadway. So they cut musical numbers from movie musicals. They did that with Guys and Dolls, one of the great songs at that. HTSIBWRT they cut the Coffee break scene, a great scene. So just as a caution to people who look at movie versions of Broadway musicals. Don't expect to see/hear all of the songs. It's a dumb practice because there are movies made now which are running 3 hours which have a whole lot less going for them then a Broadway musical.
Was a shipmate of Tony Teague Bud Frump when he was in the reserves and was stationed on the USS PERMIT SSN594, a nuke submarine. At that point I had not seen the movie but made a point of seeing it when I got out.Tony was a cutup on the boat and used to keep us in stitches. You wouldn't have known by talking with him that he already had a few movies under his belt. Never let his success go to his head. I thought he did a terrific job as Bud Frump even though Bud was the "bad" buy in the movie!I'd like to get a copy of the movie, but I was distressed to see there were some <more>
songs cut out of that version. Maybe I'll just keep looking for the VHS and transcribe it later.