Brantley Foster (Michael J. Fox) may come from a small Kansas farm, but he believes he's a New York success story waiting to happen. So certain is Brantley about his destiny that he's packed his bags and headed for the Big Apple, vowing not to return until he's realized the American dream of financial prosperity and romantic fulfillment. Once he's settled in the city, Brantley confronts the adversities of a small pest-ridden apartment, a thankless mailroom job, and pervasive street crime. Working in the mailroom of a powerful corporation, he develops a scheme to fulfill his dreams. All it takes is an abandoned corporate office and a change of clothes for Brantley Foster to become Carlton Whitfield, a new high-powered executive with radical ideas and a charming way with the ladies, including Christy Wills (Helen Slater), the boss's mistress. This delightful comedy keeps Brantley on his toes as as he struggles to keep his new girlfriend, his pals in the mailroom, his boss, and the boss's lustful wife from learning the truth as he fights to fulfill his dreams.
Richard Jordan - American Actor
Helen Slater - American actress, LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN,
Michael J. Fox - Canadian actor, FAMILY TIES/BACK TO THE FUTURE
Michael Andrew Fox - Canadian actor, FAMILY TIES/BACK TO THE FUTURE
David Foster - Award-winning Composer, Song Producer, w/Celine Dion
Margaret Whitton - American Supporting Actress
Herbert Ross - Director/Producer/Choreo.
THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS is similar to Frank Loesser's famous musical HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, adapted by Jack Weinstock, Abe Burrows and Willie Gilbert from Shepard Mead's hilarious novel. Playwright Christopher Durang has a cameo role in the film as an executive. Cindy Crawford has a brief cameo as a beautiful woman on the New York streets. Brantley asks co-worker Fred: "Can you ever get promoted out of the mailroom?" Fred responds: "You can't even get paroled out of the mailroom."
"...Directed with a lot of panache....[Fox gives] an ebullient, all-out performance..." - 04/10/1987 New York Times, p.C14
"...[The film features] Michael J. Fox in a winning performance..." - 04/08/1987 Variety