David Swift produced, directed, adapted, and even played a small role in this scathing musical satire. The film is based on Shepherd Mead's novel which had been brought to the stage by Loesser and Burrows, who co-wrote the stage book with Gilbert and Weinstock.
Morse is an elfin, yet aggressive, window washer who buys a copy of Mead's book on his way to work and decides to put it to work immediately. He walks into the office of World Wide Wickets, a huge conglomerate, and enchants Lee, a pretty secretary, who introduces him to the chief of personnel.
That achieved, he convinces the man that he is a great pal of Vallee, who heads the company. This bit of trickery gets him as far as the mailroom. It isn't long before he finagles, cajoles, and charms his way into a junior executive position and endears himself to all the women in the company, but
incurs the enmity of Teague, Vallee's insidious nephew. Soon after, Morse is made chief of an advertising department where many heads have rolled. Teague knows that Vallee absolutely despises television giveaway shows, so he tells Morse the opposite, thinking that when Morse presents the idea to
Vallee, he will be rewarded with a pink slip.
The film is cartoonlike, its characters caricatures, as befits the story. The lion's share of the acting kudos goes to Morse, in a role that is perfect for him, and Lee, a refreshing, attractive actress who went on to national fame. But Vallee's fussy boss is definitely memorable. Veteran
television panelist Robert Q. Lewis plays a small role as an executive and proves to be a much better actor than anyone realized. Myhers does his usual hammy job, but it isn't out of place here. Producer-director-writer-actor Swift was the man responsible for one of television's most beloved early
shows, "Mr. Peepers." Good fun.
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- Review: David Swift produced, directed, adapted, and even played a small role in this scathing musical satire. The film is based on Shepherd Mead's novel which had been brought to the stage by Loesser and Burrows, who co-wrote the stage book with Gilbert and Weins… (more)