How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying | Chicago Reader

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

A talent like actor/singer/dancer Robert Morse is almost too big for the movies, even this wide-screen Technicolor release (1967). Re-creating his role from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, Morse plays an irrepressible opportunist who shoots up the corporate ladder with nothing more than a self-help book and a Teflon ego. He's a knockout, and director David Swift (The Parent Trap) keeps the pace sharp, with barbed satire and rapid-fire dialogue. But the Frank Loesser songs are unmemorable (aside from “I Believe in You”), the dance numbers are minimal, and the sexism is rampant—nowhere more so than in a lewd trick shot that aligns Maureen Arthur's ample derriere with the pen of a desk set. 121 min.

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