Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Part of See It Big! Comedies & See It Big! (Past Programs)
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Dir. Frank Tashlin. 1957, 93 mins. DCP. With Jayne Mansfield, Tony Randall, Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, John Williams. Ex-Looney Tunes animator Frank Tashlin’s bedazzling 1950s style of comedy finds perhaps its greatest expression in this delightful satire about a Madison Avenue television advertising writer (a quintessential Randall) who rises up the executive ladder, only to find the high life is not what it’s cracked up to be. Mansfield, meanwhile, is a joy to behold in her signature role as a ditzy blonde bombshell who is the key to his newfound success. Among many other things, the film pokes fun at the disparity between small-screen television and big-screen CinemaScope movies.

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