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80 Ratings

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Directed by David Swift
United States, 1967
Comedy, Musical


Twenty-seven year old New York window washer, J. Pierrepont Finch, believes he can be a success in the corporate world after he impulsively picks up the book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The book promises its reader that he can climb the corporate ladder simply and quickly.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Directed by David Swift

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

1968 | Nominee: Best Written American Musical (Screen)

Critics reviews

The movie’s improbable secret weapon is lead actor Robert Morse, reprising his role from the Broadway run. Rarely do stage actors get cast in movie adaptations of hit plays, and that’s arguably for good reason—they’re very different disciplines, and the skill set doesn’t necessarily translate. But Morse’s embodiment of J. Pierpont Finch is truly sui generis. It may be the single smuggest performance in motion picture history, deployed in a context where smugness is precisely what’s required.
June 05, 2013
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Swift, who cut his teeth on apple-cheeked, Disney live-actioners Pollyanna and The Parent Trap, imbues the absurd material with the right dose of cartoonish zip, and the pink and green pastel office design, by the legendary art director Robert Boyle (North by Northwest), looks pleasingly like Sterling Cooper with an Easter hangover.
January 28, 2013
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