How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

Director: David Swift Cast: Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Herbert Pryor Vallée

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Overview

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

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 follows his own skewed set of rules, endearing himself to bombastic company president J. B. Biggely (Rudy Vallee) by posing as a graduate of Grand Old Ivy, Biggely's alma mater. As he climbs to the top, Finch manages to dispose of an over-amorous rival by arranging a tryst between that rival and curvaceous secretary Hedy LaRue (Maureen Arthur)--who happens to be Biggely's live-in girlfriend. Finch also gets rid of the troublesome Mr. Ovington (Murray Matheson) by exposing the latter as an alumnus of Old Ivy's hated rival university. Graduating to vice-president, Finch feels secure enough to sing the show's one genuine love song "I Believe In You"--to himself! Actually, he's really in love with true-blue secretary Rosemary (Michele Lee), but won't admit to this until he suffers a career setback. Most of Loesser's songs survived the transition from stage to screen, with the exception of "Paris Original," which is heard merely as background music.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2017
UPC: 0738329214814
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 17,047

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Morse J. Pierpont Finch
Michele Lee Rosemary Pilkington
Rudy Vallée Jasper B. Biggley
Anthony Teague Bud Frump
Maureen Arthur Hedy LaRue
Murray Matheson Benjamin Ovington
Sammy Smith Wally Womper
Kay Reynolds Smitty
John Myhers Bert O. Bratt
Jeff de Benning Gatch
Ruth Kobart Miss Jones
Carol Worthington Lucille Krumholtz
Janice Carroll Brenda
Lory Patrick Receptionist
Pat O'Moore Media Man No. I
Wally Strauss Media Man No. 2
Dan Tobin Johnson
Robert Q. Lewis Tackaberry
John Holland Matthews
Paul Hartman Toynbee
Justin Smith Jenkins
George Fenneman TV Announcer (Himself)
Anne Seymour Gertrude Biggley
Joey Faye Taxi Cab Driver
Helen Verbit Finch's Landlady
Virginia Sale Cleaning Woman
Al Nessor Newspaper Seller
Ivan Volkman The President of the U.S.
Carl Princi 1st Junior Executive
David Swift Elevator Operator [uncredited]
Paul Bradley TV Board Member
Erin O'Brien-Moore Mrs. Frump
Tucker Smith Junior Executive
Hy Averback 2nd Executive
Sheila Rogers 1st Girl
Robert Sweeney 3rd Junior Executive
Margaret Mason Actor

Technical Credits
David Swift Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Bob Fosse Choreography
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Allan Jacobs Editor
Frank Loesser Songwriter
Robert Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Micheline Costumes/Costume Designer
Dale Moreda Choreography
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Ralph Winters Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
1. Chapter 1 [11:20]
2. Chapter 2 [16:52]
3. Chapter 3 [16:43]
4. Chapter 4 [13:36]
5. Chapter 5 [13:39]
6. Chapter 6 [13:18]
7. Chapter 7 [15:53]
8. Chapter 8 [19:54]

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How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great musical....Robert Morse is fabulous and the songs are very catchy! Great witty and great songs.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining musical with some excellent performances. I understand there are plans to revive the show on Broadway. It will be fun to see in the theater.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not underestimate this musical...I did and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed songs like 'A secretary is not a toy' and 'I believe in you.' JP Finch's antics will have you laughing throughout the movie.