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The Secret of My Success (1965)





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At the beginning of The Secret of My Success, dimwitted Arthur Tate (James Booth) is a local village bobby who always follows his mother's advice to "help other people, and never look for the evil in them" -- perhaps not the best advice for an officer of the law. Tate soon finds himself investigating a murder case involving the husband of a local dressmaker Stella Stevens. She uses her wiles to trick Tate into unwittingly disposing of the body -- but Tate's mother uses her own wiles to discover a connection between the dressmaker and the local magistrate. With this knowledge, she secures a promotion for her inept son. Tate next becomes involved with a baroness Honor Blackman who it turns out is breeding vicious, gigantic spiders. Tate's mother once again intercedes behind the scenes, and soon her son finds himself working for the President of a Latin American country -- and also involved with a revolutionary Shirley Jones, who is plotting to overthrow the President. Tate's mother again secretly comes to her son's aid, and as the film end, Tate has become the country's new ruler.


James Booth
as Arthur Tate
Stella Stevens
as Violet Lawson
Shirley Jones
as Marigold Marado
Lionel Jeffries
as Insp. Hobart/Baron von Lukenberg/The Earl of Aldershot
Amy Dalby
as Mrs. Tate
Joan Hickson
as Mrs. Pringle
Robert Barnete
as Col. Armandez
Richard Vernon
as Lord Hetherby
David Davenport
as Dr. Adams
Ann Lancaster
as Angela Pringle
Martin Benson
as Rex Mansard
Reginald Beckwith
as Gen. Ferdinand Velez
Ernest Clark
as Earl of Aldershot's Solicitor
Lionel Jerries President
as Estreda Earl of Aldershot
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Secret of My Success is an absurd, formless, shapeless affair that was handsomely photographed and well acted. Trouble with it is a script that wanders off in several directions resulting in a very uneven motion picture.

April 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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