How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
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Although the business world has changed quite a bit since 1967, SUCCEED is so dead-on with its attack that even modern corporate 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 [kissing] 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.Read more ›
The engaging, original music in the film, which was written by Frank Loesser, includes the songs:
* "How To" (sung by Robert Morse).
* "The Company Way" (sung by Robert Morse).
* "A Secretary Is Not A Toy" (sung by company employees).
* "Been A Long Day" (sung by company employees).
* "Rosemary" (sung by Robert Morse).Read more ›
to Robert Morse to Rudy Vallee to Ruth Kobart--all re-creating their Broadway Roles! Robert Morse's brilliant performance alone is worth the price of the dvd. Maureen Arthur's sexpot defines the word and is hilarious. Okay you can gripe that a few numbers from the Broadway Musical were left out--but overall this is a major success.
Concerns a window washer who reads a book "How to Succeed in Business" and within about a week, goes from
mail room clerk to Chairman of the Board . And he get's the girl in the end.
Fosse's Broadway choreography was recreated by an assistant for the film. Frank Loesser's Score is classic and singable.
And it shows how using the original Broadway Cast can make a film work incredibly well. (Take note those people who cast Lucille Ball in Mame and Peter O Toole in Man of La Mancha to terrible outcomes)
I don't think this film was a huge hit when it came out but it surely deserved to be. I watch it over and over. I sing the songs. It's a keeper.
Leading the way and holding the whole thing together is Robert Morse, reprising his Broadway role as J. Pierrepont Finch in a super star-making performance. Morse's long experience with this character is obvious as he sings, dances, grins, mugs and schemes his way through the film. He is never better than when performing his big number "I Believe In You" - sung to his reflection in the mirror of the executive washroom.
A couple of other players from the Broadway original are also in the film, most notably Sammy Smith (again playing two roles) and veteran crooner Rudy Vallee. Michelle Lee is pert and pretty as Morse's love interest, Anthony Teague (one of the Jets in West Side Story) is the slimy boss's nephew, and Maureen Arthur provides more than a dash of sex appeal as an inept secretary. But the show really belongs to Robert Morse.
The bouncy songs are by ace tunesmith Frank Loesser (this was his followup to his classic Guys And Dolls).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poorly written songs with a humorous but bawdy storyline. Decent, but not worth rewatchingPublished 22 days ago by Elias
I tried to watch and was knocked off When I tried to watch again it would not allow. I dont imagine I will rent any other films online!!!!!!!!!Published 1 month ago by Douglas Crum
Very funny. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The corporate environment hasn't changed as much as we like to think. Robert Morse was almost campy but his body language was perfect.Published 1 month ago by Lov4Moosic
What a fun movie. Saw the play live recently at a local music theater and we had to try the DVD. It is well done. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Product-Reviewer
A masterpiece of a movie/musical. Thoroughly enjoyed watching this in preparation for a job interview. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite shows! I love the music and the campy acting.Published 3 months ago by Louise Moulding
Great songs, wonderful choreography, and a tour de force performance from Robert Morse. A true period piece (think "Mad Men" as a musical comedy). A must see.Published 3 months ago by Gloria Schofield
One of the best musicals I've seen in many years. I watched this film because my son is performing the lead role for a college play.Published 5 months ago by Robert Lopez
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