How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (film)
|How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Swift|
|Produced by||David Swift
|Screenplay by||David Swift|
|Story by||Abe Burrows
|Based on||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
by Shepherd Mead
|Music by||Frank Loesser (Songs)
Nelson Riddle (Incidental music)
|Edited by||Allan Jacobs
Ralph E. Winters
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$2,900,000 (US/ Canada)|
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a 1967 musical comedy film based on the 1961 stage musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Shepherd Mead's book. The film was produced by United Artists and directed by David Swift, with original staging by Bob Fosse.
The cast includes Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee (reprising their original Broadway roles), Michele Lee, Anthony Teague, Tucker Smith (in an uncredited role), and Maureen Arthur. The film marks the debut of Lee.
J. Pierpont Finch buys a book, How to Succeed in Business, describing in step-by-step fashion how to rise in the business world. The ambitious young window cleaner follows its advice carefully. He joins the "World-Wide Wicket Company" and begins work in the mailroom. Soon, thanks to the ethically questionable advice in the book, he rises to Vice-President in Charge of Advertising, making sure that each person above him gets either fired or moved or transferred within the company.
Finch begins to fall in love with Rosemary Pilkington, a secretary at the company. Finch finds out that the president of the company, J. B. Biggley, has made advances towards Hedy LaRue, a beautiful but incompetent woman the company has hired. Finch uses this information to assist his climb on the corporate ladder.
Biggley's annoying nephew, Bud Frump, also takes advantage of the situation and tries to get to the top before Finch. By story's end, however, Finch has become chairman of the board, and might make the White House his next step to success.
- Robert Morse as J. Pierpont "Ponty" Finch
- Michele Lee as Rosemary Pilkington
- Rudy Vallee as J.B. Biggley
- Anthony Teague as Bud Frump
- Maureen Arthur as Hedy LaRue
- John Myhers as Bert O. Bratt
- Carol Worthington as Lucille Krumholtz
- Muir Matheson as Benjamin Ovington
- Kay Reynolds as Miss Smith/Smitty
- Ruth Kobart as Miss Jones
- Sammy Smith as Twimble / Wally Womper
- Jeff Debenning as Gatch
- Janice Carroll as Brenda
- John Holland as Matthews
- Justin Smith as Jenkins
- Lory Patrick as Receptionist
- Ivan Volkman as President (at end of musical)
- Robert Q. Lewis as Tackaberry
- Paul Hartman as Toynbee
- Dan Tobin as Johnson
- George Fenneman as Himself/T.V. Announcer
- Anne Seymour as Gertrude Biggley (uncredited)
- Erin O'Brien-Moore as Mrs. Frump (uncredited)
The Union Carbide Building (now the JPMorgan Chase Tower) at 270 Park Avenue in New York City was used in exterior shots as the headquarters for the "World-Wide Wicket Company" in the movie, most notably in the sequences in which Finch dashes into the building before his boss arrives in order to arrange coffee cups on his desk and pretend to have fallen asleep on it after apparently working all night, as a way to convince his boss to promote him to a higher position in the company.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was released to DVD on April 1, 2003 by MGM Home Video in a Region 1 DVD.
- "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) - Release dates". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
- "HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (U)". British Board of Film Classification. 1967-03-01. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
- "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
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