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The Secret of My Succe$s (24-Apr-1987)

Director: Herbert Ross

Writers: Jim Cash; Jack Epps, Jr.; A. J. Carothers

Music by: David Foster

Producer: Herbert Ross

Keywords: Comedy

A college boy from Kansas arrives in Manhattan but nobody will hire him; he finds a job as a postal clerk at his uncle's company. The necessity of impressing a certain young lady prompts him to adopt an ambitious parallel identity, Carlton Whitfield, who looks like executive material but for obvious reasons can't be in the same place as his uncle. Classic 1980s take on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rick Aviles
14-Oct-1952 17-Mar-1995 Ghost
Bill Fagerbakke
4-Oct-1957   Dauber Dybinski on Coach
Michael J. Fox
9-Jun-1961   Back to the Future
Fred Gwynne
10-Jul-1926 2-Jul-1993 Herman on The Munsters
Richard Jordan
19-Jul-1938 30-Aug-1993 Logan's Run
Judith Malina
4-Jun-1926 10-Apr-2015 Co-Founder, The Living Theatre
Mark Margolis
26-Nov-1939   The Fountain
John Pankow
28-Apr-1954   Ira on Mad About You
Mercedes Ruehl
28-Feb-1948   Married to the Mob
Helen Slater
15-Dec-1963   Supergirl
Carol Ann Susi
2-Feb-1952 11-Nov-2014 Mrs. Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory
Margaret Whitton
30-Nov-1950 4-Dec-2016 The Secret of My Succe$s


Michael J. Fox   ...   Brantley Foster
Helen Slater   ...   Christy Wills
Richard Jordan   ...   Howard Prescott
Margaret Whitton   ...   Vera Prescott
Christopher Murney   ...   Barney Rattigan
John Pankow   ...   Fred Melrose
Gerry Bamman   ...   Art Thomas
Carol Ann Susi   ...   Jean
Elizabeth Franz   ...   Grace Foster
Drew Snyder   ...   Burt Foster
Christopher Durang   ...   Davis
Fred Gwynne   ...   Donald Davenport
Susan Kellermann   ...   Maureen
Barton Heyman   ...   Arnold Forbush
Mercedes Ruehl   ...   Sheila
Ira B. Wheeler   ...   Owens
Ashley J. Laurence   ...   Fletcher
Rex Robbins   ...   McMasters
MacIntyre Dixon   ...   Ferguson
Bill Fagerbakke   ...   Ron
Jack Davidson   ...   Davidson
John Bowman   ...   Proctor
Jeff Brooks   ...   Executive
Ascanio Sharpe   ...   Executive
Don Amendolia   ...   Executive
Judith Malina   ...   Mrs. Meacham
Mary Catherine Wright   ...   Research Department Clerk
Joseph Ragno   ...   Shipping Executive
Burke Pearson   ...   Fired Executive
Ray Ramirez   ...   Liquor Store Owner
Gloria Irizarry   ...   Wife of Liquor Store Owner
Mark Margolis   ...   Maintenence Man
Rick Aviles   ...   Maintenance Man
John C. Capodice   ...   Man in KRS Building
Sally-Jane Heit   ...   Woman in KRS Building
Richard Arthur Gallo   ...   Harried KRS Executive
Luis Ramos   ...   Cuban


Review by Camillo Messina (posted on 17-Jul-2007)

The greatest corporate/executive/work movie I have ever seen. I wish my everyday job was like this movie. I fantasize about it all the time thinking maybe I can come up with some kind of scheme at my current job. I bought the DVD and found out from the menu on the characters that Richard Jordan had died in 1993 from a brain tumor. Very sad. I watch the movie all the time and substitute my bosses and upper management employees with the characters in the movie. I wish Howard Prescott was my boss and I worked at Pemrose Company. RIP Richard Jordan, you're the best. ****

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