How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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A blandly outrageous and occasionally sharp-toothed musical satirising big business, with a likeable score by Frank Loesser, which takes potshots at everything from coffee breaks to advertising campaigns. Morse, somehow contriving to be horrendous and endearing at one and the same time, repeats his stage role to brilliant effect as the all-American boy who employs scientific knowhow to rise like a meteor, licking asses and trampling heads every step of the way. Swift's direction is a little stiff and stagy, and there are dull patches; but with handsome camerawork from Burnett Guffey, witty Bob Fosse choreography, and the ineffable Vallee playing the compulsive-knitting, fussbudget boss, this was one of the livelist musicals of the '60s.

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Duration: 121 mins

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Director: David Swift
Screenwriter: David Swift
Cast: Robert Morse
Michele Lee
Rudy Vallee
Anthony Teague
Maureen Arthur
Sammy Smith
Murray Matheson
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