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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?1957

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)



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Jayne Mansfield recreated her starmaking stage role in this film adaptation of George Axelrod's Broadway comedy. Mansfield plays a Monroe-like movie queen whom adman Tony Randall hopes to sign for a product endorsement. Through a fluke, the press believes that Randall is having an affair with Mansfield; she eagerly pounces on the attendant publicity, much to the dismay of her body-builder beau (Mickey Hargitay, then married to Mansfield). At the behest of his ad agency, Randall is forced to propose to Mansfield on a coast-to-coast TV show, which breaks the heart of his true love (Betsy Drake). Both Randall and Mansfield are saved from a marriage neither one wants by the last-minute arrival of Mansfield's hometown boy friend (Groucho Marx). Director Frank Tashlin uses Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter as an excuse to take satirical potshots at everything from TV commercials to the unwieldiness of CinemaScope. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Tony Randall
as Rock Hunter
Jayne Mansfield
as Rita Marlowe
Georgia Carr
as Calypso Number
Groucho Marx
as Surprise Guest
Dick Whittinghill
as TV Interviewer
Ann McCrea
as Gladys
Lida Piazza
as Junior's Secretary
Robert Adler
as Mailman
Bob Adler
as Mailman
Larry Kerr
as Mr. Ezzarus
Mack Williams
as Hotel Doorman
Patrick Powell
as Receptionist
Carmen Nisbet
as Breakfast Food Demonstrator
Richard Deems
as Razor Demonstrator
Barbara Eden
as Secretary
Benny Rubin
as Theater Manager
Minta Durfee
as Scrubwoman
Edith Russell
as Scrubwoman
Alberto Morin
as Frenchman
Louis Mercier
as Frenchman
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Critic Reviews for Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

[Mansfield] constantly catches you off guard. She's this unabashedly crude movie's bleached-blond heart and soul.

April 9, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The picture sends up and encapsulates the complacency of the conformist Eisenhower years.

January 3, 2011 | Full Review…

Frank Tashlin never could harmonize his celebratory/critical impulses toward American pop culture, so it comes as no surprise that this is both his funniest and most despairing picture.

August 12, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In converting the stageplay Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? to his purposes, Frank Tashlin turns out a vastly amusing comedy.

July 21, 2006 | Full Review…

[Tashlin], as the writer, producer and director of the film, has let it go mushy and sprawling even more than the original play of George Axelrod.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The not inconsiderable charms of Jayne Mansfield are much to the fore, but it's Randall's performance as timid advertising executive Rockwell Hunter that holds the whole thing together.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Frothy, fun comedy with some smart jabs at advertising and fan worship. Tony Randall is a hoot as the suddenly fish out of water main character and Jayne Mansfield, repeating her stage triumph, is a knockout and proves an adapt comedienne. Had she had more roles like this her career at the top might not have been so short. Joan Blondell scores strongly as Jayne's right hand woman.

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