If any ’80s movie comedy epitomized the “greed is good” philosophy of Gordon Gekko from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, The Secret Of My Success is it. This Michael J. Fox comedy shows him portraying a Kansas business school grad who comes to New York City to make it without a dime to his name. He manages to work his way out of the mailroom and into a fictitious executive job he invents to try to make is fortunes. Along the way, he beds the boss’ wife (well, the other way around really) and falls for a smart junior executive (Helen Slater). It’s a double life he’s leading, and the film riffs on the concept from the classic ’60s Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The fun cast also includes Richard Jordan, John Pankow, Christopher Murney (who gave me some great stories for this commentary), Fred Gwynne, and Mercedes Ruehl.
On top of the movie trivia that I researched, I also got delve into the pop music of the day. Night Ranger did the title track of Michael J. Fox’s request, and Yello contributed “Oh Yeah” which became a movie staple that helped make it a hit of the ’80s even though the song just missed cracking the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. All in all, I had a lot of fun putting this one together.
The following are reviews for my work on The Secret Of My Success. Click on the logo to go to each review site directly.
“The newly recorded commentary by Bryan Reesman is a winning track from the Journalist. Literally no stone is left unturned by Reesman. He discusses everything from the production, to the various cast members, Director Herb Ross’s career, the soundtrack and the various needle drops and the history behind them, Fox’s career, the visual look of the film, the comedy, the nostalgia of the era and how it informed on the film, and much more. I really appreciated that Reesman was constantly giving information about the production and the various people that worked on it.”
“The entertainment journalist offers a loose and conversational take on not just the film’s production, but the overall yuppie culture in the 1980s.”
“Entertainment journalist and author Bryan Reesman gives a busy commentary on the film, available as an optional audio track. …lots of keen insights and information are there to be had.”
“Entertainment journalist Bryan Reesman offers up some interesting reflections on the movie and the decade that spawned it in an ‘easy on the ears’ audio commentary.”
@KLStudioClassic Double the ‘Fox,’ Double the fun. And “Secret of my Success” sports a new track from my favorite commentator @BryanReesman. I know Spicoli called MJF a “TV Actor,” (like that’s an insult) but only one of those actors makes my heart smile, “The Fox.” pic.twitter.com/L4CX5xXwh1
— frank farina (@frankasu03) October 4, 2020