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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Released 1957
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Contemporary critics point to Rock Hunter as the apex of Tashlin’s filmmaking style and the movie that set the stage for Godard’s brightly colored blend of pop culture and political grandstanding. It’s a reasonable case; in true Godardian fashion, Rock Hunter  eschews the traditional title sequence and instead opens with a series of faux-commercials skewering both mindless consumerism and the advertising age. Star Jayne Mansfield epitomizes her director’s fun-house mirror sensibility and Tony Randall is the ultimate button-down ad man.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History Of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay. He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!