Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
Directed by Frank Tashlin • 1957 • United States
Starring Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Betsy Drake
In adapting George Axelrod’s hit Broadway play for the screen, former Looney Tunes cartoonist Frank Tashlin discarded everything but the title and breakout star Jayne Mansfield—and brought his own cartoon-crazy (bordering on the surreal) sensibility to what became a wild satire of advertising, television, and celebrity culture. The result is one of the most eye-poppingly inventive comedies of the 1950s, with Tony Randall as the Madison Avenue executive desperate to land a famous Hollywood star (a magnetic Mansfield) for his new ad campaign—but he’ll have to resort to extreme measures to get her to agree.
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