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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Ex-Warners animator Frank ‘Babitt and Catstello’ Tashlin reunites with Jayne Mansfield a year after The Girl Can’t Help It employing basically the same plot but this time to poke cartoony fun at the ad industry, as personified by debonair Jack Lemmon TV replacement Tony Randall in the title role. Complete with fourth-wall-breaking fumbled intro, TV ad-style intermission and corny “well, we’ve all learned a lesson from all this…” closing homily, plus cameos from Barbara ‘Jeannie’ Eden and Groucho Marx.

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