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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

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Neurotic ad man attempts some self-promotion by wooing Jayne Mansfield

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter review

Frank Tashlin’s satire of ’50s fads sees Tony Randall’s neurotic ad man make a play for promotion by embarking on a publicity-stunt affair with a big-screen bimbo (Jayne Mansfield).

For all the fourth-wall breaking, it’s too stagy and scattershot to truly hold the attention, but fascinates as a time capsule.

Tashlin mockingly compares his candy-coloured ‘Scope framings to the monochrome smallness of TV, but what’s remarkable is how the themes have been bettered by Mad Men.

Key extra is an interview with Tashlin fanboy Joe Dante.
 

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