A superb film re-creation of Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows’s wonderfully acerbic stage musical, with all of Bob Fosse’s original choreography preserved on film by Dale Moreda.
Robert Morse repeats his Broadway role in a marvellously wicked, devastatingly funny part as a ruthless window cleaner who claws his way to the top of World Wide Wickets, the company run by, of all people, crooner Rudy Vallee.
And, underneath it all, there’s a savage spin on the American Dream.
A surprising success considering the source book by Shepherd Mead, which seemed an unlikely base for a musical, let alone one this terrific.
This also has to be the only musical where the hero sings the love song to himself.
J Pierpont Finch
Mr Twimble/Wally Womper