Review: ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’

An entertaining, straightforward filming of the [1961] legituner, featuring many thesps in their stage roles. David Swift's production is generally fast-moving in tracing the rags-to-riches rise of Robert Morse within Rudy Vallee's biz complex. Colorful production values maintain great eye appeal.

An entertaining, straightforward filming of the [1961] legituner, featuring many thesps in their stage roles. David Swift’s production is generally fast-moving in tracing the rags-to-riches rise of Robert Morse within Rudy Vallee’s biz complex. Colorful production values maintain great eye appeal.

Swift, besides producing-directing (and appearing briefly as an elevator operator), adapted the legit book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead’s novel.

Most of Frank Loesser’s literate melodies have been retained including ‘I Believe in You’, ‘The Company Way’, ‘Been a Long Day’, and ‘Brotherhood of Man’.

Plot concerns windowwasher Morse who, by superior instinct for advancement and survival, becomes a top exec in Vallee’s company in a matter of days. He becomes so big that former well-wishers plot his downfall.

The pixie-like Morse is excellent, with both voice and facial expressions right on target all the time. Michele Lee shows the same uninhibited freshness and charm that made Doris Day a film star.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Production

Mirisch. Dir David Swift; Producer David Swift; Screenplay David Swift; Camera Burnett Guffey; Editor Ralph E. Winters, Allan Jacobs; Music Nelson Riddle (sup.) Art Dir Robert Boyle

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 121 MIN.

With

Robert Morse Michele Lee Rudy Vallee Anthony Teague Maureen Arthur Sammy Smith
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