Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? ★★½

Pleasing but rather toothless satire that starts off gangbusters, finds it feet in the first 30 and then kind of coasts for an hour? Jayne Mansfield reprises her squeal-based Marilyn Monroe parody from the (mostly different) play version; Tony Randall is funny but the character is not horny nor duplicitous enough for his scenes with Mansfield’s Rita. Joan Blondell however steals every scene as Rita’s manager, little bits of business that fill the screen. The film constantly apologizes for itself. However, this is the ur-text for Mad Men’s production design dept and for that it’s worth a look.

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