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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Jayne Mansfield Collection (The Girl Can’t Help It / The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw / Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?)

Tagline – Man, oh man, oh Mansfield!

Starring – Tony Randall (Rockwell P. Hunter), Jayne Mansfield (Rita Marlowe), Betsy Drake (Jenny Wells), Joan Blondell (Violet).

Released – July, 1957

Directed By – Frank Tashlin

Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Description – How does it feel to be low man on the advertising totem pole? Just ask Rockwell P. Hunter of the La Salle Advertising Agency.

Not only is Rockwell having problems… the whole agency is on the brink. Making matters worse is the fact that La Salle’s biggest account – Stay-Put Lipstick – is threatening to leave them for another agency.

And then the light-bulb turns on. Rockwell has a great idea that will save the Stay-Put-Lipstick account and his career. His plan is to get famous actress, and woman with the “oh-so-kissable lips”, Rita Marlowe to be the model and spokeswoman for Stay-Put’s new line of lipstick.

To get some instant publicity, La Salle “leaks” to the tabloids that Rockwell is Rita Marlowe’s lover. Not only does this plan get the public’s attention, but it now raises Rockwell’s status at the agency to star level.

But, not everyone is happy. Marlowe’s current boyfriend, TV’s Tarzan, Bobo Branigansky is jealous. Complicating the situation even further is the fact that Rita Marlowe thinks she is actually falling in love with Rockwell.

It isn’t long before Rockwell P. Hunter finds out that fame is a double-edged sword.

NOTABLE: Rita Marlowe, the name of Jayne Mansfield’s character, is a combination of *Rita* Hayworth, Jean H*arlow*, and Marilyn *M*onr*oe.*

Jane Mansfield also starred in the original Broadway play of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter that ran, at New York’s Belasco Theatre, for 444 performances.

Mamie Van Doren was originally offered the role of Rita Marlowe but turned it down.