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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Sep 16

7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Globe Cinema - 617 8th Ave SW


Directed by Frank Tashlin | USA | 94 mins

Rockwell P. Hunter (Tony Randall) is an ambitious and awfully bumbling advertising man low down on the ladder at a big New York firm that just so happens to be in big trouble if it cannot hold the Stay-Put Lipstick account. Famous movie goddess Rita Marlowe (Jayne Mansfield) happens to be back in town with her wisecracking personal assistant (Hollywood legend Joan Blondell).

What is it that the public relations flacks have assured Rita Marlowe come to be known for? Why, the lips most kissable, naturally! Rock Hunter sets out to engineer himself a professional coup—in the manner of something not unlike a bull in a china shop.

Legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard was long an outspoken fan of director Frank Tashlin and this film particularly. In fact, Godard’s work with forceful primary colours in a number of his films of the 1960s is unthinkable without the influence of the former animator and gag man.

-Written by Jason Wierzba

Part of Calgary Cinemateque's 'Focus: Technicolor Series'

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