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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
Jayne Mansfield recreated her starmaking stage role in this film adaptation of George Axelrod's Broadway comedy. Mansfield plays a Monroe-like movie queen whom adman Tony Randall hopes to sign for a product endorsement. Through a fluke, the press believes that Randall is having an affair with Mansfield; she eagerly pounces on the attendant publicity, much to the dismay of her body-builder beau (Mickey Hargitay, then married to Mansfield). At the behest of his ad agency, Randall is forced to propose to Mansfield on a coast-to-coast TV show, which breaks the heart of his true love (Betsy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Mansfield] constantly catches you off guard. She's this unabashedly crude movie's bleached-blond heart and soul."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"The not inconsiderable charms of Jayne Mansfield are much to the fore, but it's Randall's performance as timid advertising executive Rockwell Hunter that holds the whole thing together."
‑ , Time Out
"The picture sends up and encapsulates the complacency of the conformist Eisenhower years."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Cynical look at America during the 1950s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film is filled with a hmorously jaundiced view of the advertising and motion picture industries and the American star machinery."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"In converting the stageplay Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? to his purposes, Frank Tashlin turns out a vastly amusing comedy."
‑ , Variety
"Tashlin had a huge stylistic impact on the New Wave. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, his greatest film, is the template for Godard's bold use of primary colors and 'Scope in the 60s."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A panic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"True Mansfield vehicle, one of the few."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Aging but still funny."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"[Tashlin], as the writer, producer and director of the film, has let it go mushy and sprawling even more than the original play of George Axelrod."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
""...it's not the targets that failed to entertain me as much as the way the movie takes aim.""
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Frank Tashlin never could harmonize his celebratory/critical impulses toward American pop culture, so it comes as no surprise that this is both his funniest and most despairing picture."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"A highly entertaining satirical extravaganza that's executed with style and manic energy."
‑ , Film4
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