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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | August 1957 (USA)
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To save his career, a writer for television advertising wants a famous actress to endorse a lipstick. In return, he has to pretend to be her new lover.

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Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Frank Tashlin (screen story and screenplay), George Axelrod (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Randall ... Rockwell P. Hunter
Jayne Mansfield ... Rita Marlowe
Betsy Drake ... Jenny Wells
Joan Blondell ... Violet
John Williams ... Irving La Salle Jr.
Henry Jones ... Henry Rufus
Lili Gentle ... April Hunter
Mickey Hargitay ... Bobo Branigansky
Georgia Carr Georgia Carr ... Calypso Number
Dick Whittinghill ... T.V. Interviewer
Ann McCrea Ann McCrea ... Gladys
Alberto Morin ... Frenchman
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Frenchman
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Storyline

In this spoof of the TV advertising industry, Rockwell Hunter is the low man on the totem pole at the advertising company where he works. That is, until he finds the perfect spokes model for Stay-Put lipstick, the famous actress with the oh-so-kissable lips, Rita Marlowe. Unfortunately, in exchange, Rock has to act publicly as Rita's "Loverdoll", and Rock's fiancée Jenny isn't too happy about it either. Written by Syam Gadde <gadde@cs.duke.edu>

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Jayne throws you a curve when you ask the leading question! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The book Marlowe reads in the bathtub is Grace Metalious's "Peyton Place", which eventually be adapted into a feature film and a TV series. See more »

Quotes

Rockwell Hunter: I'm not a failure. I'm the largest success there is. I'm an average guy. And all us average guys are successes. We run the works! Not the big guy behind the big desk!
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Instead of "The End", it says "The Very Living End". See more »

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References Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) See more »

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You Got It Made
by Bobby Troup
Performed by Georgia Carr (uncredited)
Also sung by an off-screen vocal group
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Delightful send-up of advertising and TV
6 June 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" stars Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Joan Blondell, Henry Jones, Betsy Drake, John Williams, and Mickey Hargitay in a dated but fun story that spoofs the advertising world and the movies' arch enemy, television. In fact, Tony Randall breaks the fourth wall for a "commercial" during one part of the film, extolling the virtues of that "big, 21-inch screen" as the little screen's picture has problems with its vertical.

The story concerns an ad exec trying to get a movie star to endorse a lipstick - in return, she wants him to pose as her new boyfriend.

The performances are uniformly wonderful - Randall is hilarious as a man trying to hold onto his job, and then onto his girlfriend. Joan Blondell is fabulous as Jayne Mansfield's assistant. She can't get over her milkman boyfriend, stating that loses it whenever she sees Half & Half.

But the movie belongs to Jayne Mansfield and her tongue in cheek sex bomb image - she's so blonde, so zaftig, so breathless, and so darn funny with her squeals of delight and outrageous wardrobe. When you look beyond all Jayne's muchness, you see a beautiful, smart woman who found a great niche for herself. It's a pity that the last part of her life was so sad. What a delightful, refreshing performer she was. This film and "The Girl Can't Help It" are for me her best, though she made several other films that showcased her comedic ability.

Very good movie, highly entertaining.


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