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301 Ratings

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Directed by Frank Tashlin
United States, 1957
Comedy, Romance


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.

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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Directed by Frank Tashlin

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

1958 | Nominee: Best Written American Comedy (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1958 | Nominee: Best Actor - Comedy or Musical

Critics reviews

Mansfield embodies the greatest joke of all—her shameless Marilyn Monroe clone has a dress-up poodle at her side, a laugh that sounds like a bomb-dropping whistle and an all-encompassing ditziness (is she in on the joke or isn’t she?) that constantly catches you off guard. She’s this unabashedly crude movie’s bleached-blond heart and soul.
April 08, 2013
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The movie seems revolted by American notions of success, but when some of the major characters finally renounce these ideas to follow their unglamorous dreams the movie seems to mock them… Still, when Tashlin acknowledges being implicated in what he’s satirizing, he’s good-natured and relaxed about it—making his populism and optimism as genuine as Marker’s. Both directors have a charming way of being devastatingly critical, affectionate, and hopeful at the same time.
July 21, 2006
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