Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?


Comedy / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7 10 3522

Keywords:   satire, ambition, engagement, marketing, advertising expert, tv commercial, lipstick

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March 31, 2022 at 07:23 PM



Barbara Eden as Miss Carstairs
Jayne Mansfield as Rita Marlowe
Majel Barrett as Shampoo Demonstrator
Joan Blondell as Violet
854.02 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
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Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

This is a lot of fun, Lover-Doll...

"Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" is a film that stars Tony Randall as a small-time advertising executive that somehow becomes a world-wide sensation. While none of this is particularly believable, it is fun. Here's how it happens. Randall and his boss (Henry Jones) are worried that they are about to lose one of the company's biggest clients--a cosmetics company. On a lark, Randall proposes that they get a famous movie star (Jayne Mansfield--playing a Marilyn Monroe knockoff) to endorse the cosmetics. However, Jayne's character is a bit of a self-publicizing nut and begins promoting Tony as her latest lover. With the usual media blitz following a bit star, Tony becomes all the rage--and EVERY woman seems to think he's an amazing lover. While he hates all this publicity, he cannot tell everyone the truth--or else Jayne will not sign the contract. So, until she does so, he has to pretend to be this 'Lover-Doll' and put up with the annoyance. There's a lot more to the film than this (including a clever cameo at the end) but I don't want to say more about this--it would spoil the fun.

While I will admit that some of the humor is a bit broad, the film is quite fun and original. Randall is great and Mansfield is in one of her better roles. And, when it comes to spoofs about the advertising world and fame, it's very good. And, if you like it, try watching the great Doris Day/Rock Hudson film about advertising, "Lover Come Back"--it's even better.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 9 / 10

"She's The Titular Head Of Her Corporation"

One of the best and funniest satires that the movies ever had and really pushed the Code envelope is Frank Tashlin's Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter. For a biting look at America during the Eisenhower era, you can't go wrong looking at this very funny film.

The title role is played by Tony Randall who in his effort to sew up a lipstick account with an endorsement from a Marilyn Monroe type film star gets himself innocently involved with her. And who would not want to be even innocently involved with Jayne Mansfield?

Perhaps the biggest satire of the film is that of Monroe. She had just finished off her contract with 20th Century Fox and to the relief of Darryl F. Zanuck. Mansfield was waiting right in the wings to take her place. No doubt that Monroe had she still been with the studio would have done this film, but Jayne has a dead-on impersonation of Monroe and why not since she was being groomed as the next one.

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter takes dead aim on Americana of the era. Everything from our new addiction to television, to paradise in suburbia, to the cult of celebrity. As Randall becomes an icon himself as Mansfield's "Lover Doll" Henry Jones tells him what has talent got to do with being a success? Today's reality TV shows are living proof of that maxim.

Frank Tashlin who was a cartoonist before doing live action films has a wonderful eye for imagery. That image of Tony Randall walking oblivious to all in traffic from the Knickerocker Hotel after his first encounter with Jayne Mansfield will stay with you forever. Yes, if you look at the background you'll see the sign hazily reading 'Knickerocker'. The film abounds with such gems, Tashlin yields nothing to Lubitsch when it comes to 'touch'.

This is one gem of a motion picture, make this an absolute viewing must if it is broadcast.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

50's comedy

Rockwell P. Hunter (Tony Randall) is a lowly advertising writer at the La Salle agency. His teenage niece April lives with him. He needs money to marry his secretary Jenny Wells. When the agency is in danger of losing its biggest account, Rockwell suggests pairing up the lipstick company with movie star Rita Marlowe (Jayne Mansfield). This leads to misunderstandings and lots of screwball comedy potential. Rockwell becomes Rita's lover doll.

It's almost funny. It takes almost thirty minutes before Randall and Mansfield meet up. Mansfield is basically a discount Monroe. She's trying hard to be dumber without being that funny. She's a better pinup than an actress. It's a satire taking a few jabs at the advertising world and the celebrity world. It's very 50's. I understand the comedy but I rarely laughed.

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