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zmu| How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
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1967
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Director: David Swift
Screenplay:
Producer:
Cast: Robert Morse, Michelle Lee, Rudy Vallee, Anthony Teague
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 121
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Apr 2000 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$14.98]
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Reviews:  This fizzy musical was a Broadway smash in 1962, and boy, is it a product of its era. Executive washrooms, gray-flannel-suit businessmen, hip-swinging secretaries--they're all preserved in the movie's brightly colored amber. J. Pierpont Finch (Robert Morse) is the window washer who climbs the corporate ladder in a few days, guided by a how-to book. The Frank Loesser songs are great fun, the Bob Fosse dances are very clever and mod, and the gaudy set design may have given Andy Warhol a few ideas. The jack-in-the-box performance of the elfin Robert Morse doesn't seem toned down from his Tony-winning stage turn; think Mickey Rooney doing Jerry Lewis. Still, Morse is a unique presence, and his mad little solo dance down a real Manhattan street is an interlude of sublime daffiness. Grand old crooner Rudy Vallee shines as the president of Worldwide Wicket, barking his beloved alma mater's fight song: "Groundhog! Groundhog!" "--Robert Horton"


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