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The Secret of My Success (1987 film) Quotes

The Secret of My Success (1987 film) is a TV program that appeared on TV in 1970 . The Secret of My Success completed its run in 1970.

It features Herbert Ross as producer, David Foster in charge of musical score, and Carlo Di Palma as head of cinematography.

The Secret of My Success (1987 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The Secret of My Success (1987 film) is 111 minutes long. The Secret of My Success (1987 film) is distributed by Universal Studios.

The cast includes: Michael J. Fox as Brantley Foster, Margaret Whitton as Vera Prescott, Elizabeth Franz as Grace Foster, Helen Slater as Christy Wills, John Pankow as Fred Melrose, Richard Jordan as Howard Prescott, Mercedes Ruehl as Sheila, Michael J. Fox as Brantley Foster aka Carlton Whitfield, Carol Ann Susi as Jean, and Christopher Murney as Barney Rattigan.

The Secret of My Success (1987 film) Quotes

Margaret Whitton as Vera Prescott

  • (Margaret Whitton) "I'm going to introduce you to the most powerful money men in New York, and if you can do to them what you've done to me --"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "I can't do that."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "I mean bowl them over, darling. You're irresistible when you turn on that boyish charm."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Why haven't I met you before?"
  • (John Pankow) "Maybe you ain't been hangin' out in the mailroom."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Oooh, the "male room." I like that sound."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "This is the third weekend in a row he's found an excuse not to come to the country -- No, I don't know, but knowing him it's probably some teenage airhead from the steno pool. Hmph. The last one I caught him with was so dumb, she thought "dictation" was some kind of S&M; trip."

Helen Slater as Christy Wills

  • (Helen Slater) "You want me to spy on him?"
  • (Richard Jordan) "No, I don't want you to spy on him. I want you to get to be friends with him, and then rifle through his papers and tell me what you find."
  • (Helen Slater) "I am not a bimbo."
  • (Helen Slater) "Just tell me one more time what your solution is to this crisis."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "We don't cut, we expand."
  • (Mercedes Ruehl) "I agree. Expansion is a positive reaction to the universe, while retraction, or cutting back, or pulling off, those are all negative forces. I used to be very negative, and then I took this personality workshop; my whole life turned around. Hiya, my name's Sheila. You make a good-looking couple; how long you been going together?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "About 20 minutes."
  • (Mercedes Ruehl) "Ohhhhh, first date, huh? Good luck."
  • (Helen Slater) "No, we're business colleagues."
  • (Mercedes Ruehl) "Colleagues, who needs that? You should go together. You look good together.; Oh, oh, d'you want to order?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Yeah, we need to see some menus, Sheila."
  • (Mercedes Ruehl) "Menus. I'm sorry.; I'm studying to be an actress. I'm a much better actress than I am a waitress. Concentration, that's my big problem. I'll be right back."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Well, Sheila's in favor of expansion."
  • (Helen Slater) "We should bring her to our next executive meeting. I think Art Thomas would like her a lot."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Sheila is also in favor of us seeing each other."
  • (Helen Slater) "Yes, well, Sheila is clearly a nut."
  • (Mercedes Ruehl) "I heard that. You should try to be more positive with your life, or you're gonna wind up miserable."
  • (Helen Slater) "She heard me."
  • (Helen Slater) "Why do you keep saying the exact opposite of what I say?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Because you keep saying such stupid things."

Michael J. Fox as Brantley Foster

  • (Michael J. Fox) "We have a problem."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "What?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "It's your husband: he's my boss."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "O-oh, him. We won't tell him. Besides, Howard's working late tonight; on whom, I have no idea."
  • (Mrs. Meacham) "Outstanding. Outstanding."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "You're not going to tell me I have too much experience, are you?"
  • (Mrs. Meacham) "Certainly not; you're perfect for the job."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Great."
  • (Mrs. Meacham) "Except --"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "No. No exceptions. I want this job, I need it, I can do it. Everywhere I've been today there's always been something wrong, too young, too old, too short, too tall. Whatever the exception is, I can fix it. I can be older, I can be taller, I can be anything."
  • (Mrs. Meacham) "Can you be a minority woman?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Whoa, whoa, listen, I'm going to need your help, both of you."
  • (John Pankow) "Is it something I could get fired for?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Absolutely."
  • (John Pankow) "I like it."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Can I make a personal observation?"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Um, anything but the thighs."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "You know, somebody sold you a bill of goods and convinced you you had to be 21 forever. That's bulls***. I think you're terrific; I think the only thing wrong with you is your husband is a jerk. You're beautiful, you're intelligent, you're sensuous --"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Say that again."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Which part?"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "All of it."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Oh, no."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "What, what is it?"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "It's the jerk."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "My husband."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "My uncle."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Your what?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Oh God, that makes you --"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Auntie Vera?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Oh. God."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Oh God, oh God, oh God. What's my mother going to say? I've disgraced my whole family."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Oh, the hell you did."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Oh, God. What are you doing here?"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Brantley, darling, I heard you calling me telepathically; I'm VERY psychic; so of COURSE I rushed right over."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "I would've used the phone --"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Mental telepathy's much more reliable."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Okay, so you don't eat lunch. Do you eat dinner?"
  • (Helen Slater) "Occasionally."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Tonight?"
  • (Helen Slater) "Booked."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Tomorrow night?"
  • (Helen Slater) "Booked."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "All right, but don't beg, okay? It's embarrassing."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "All right, listen up. If there are any bugs in here, or rats, or anything that has more legs than I do, you just stay on your side of the room, okay? I'll stay on mine. I should warn you, I'm packing an iron."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Aunt Vera, listen, since the last time we met there's been a change."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Yes -- nice suit, Brantley."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Agh. Ow. Look, what I mean to say is -- Oh, Christ. I'm not free any more."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "What, you're going to charge me? Oh ho, you're getting awfully cynical; does your mother know about this?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Ohh, no, I am not available."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Oh, good, you're not going to charge me."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "How do I get to Litchfield?"
  • (Christopher Murney) "You'll find it. Just follow the smell of money."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Please God, help me get out of this. I swear I'll go all over the world telling people not to screw the boss's wife."
  • (Unnamed employer) "I'm sorry, Mister --"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Foster."
  • (Unnamed employer) "I'm sorry, Mr. Foster. We need someone with experience."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "But how can I get any experience until I get a job that GIVES me experience?"
  • (Unnamed employer) "If we gave you a job just to give you experience, you'd take that experience and get a better job. Then that experience would benefit someone else."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Yeah, but I was trained in college to handle a job like this, so in a sense I already have experience."
  • (Unnamed employer) "What you've got is college experience, not the practical, hard-nosed business experience we're looking for. If you'd joined our training program out of high-school, you'd be qualified for this job now."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Then why did I go to college?"
  • (Unnamed employer) "Had fun, didn't you?"

Elizabeth Franz as Grace Foster

  • (Elizabeth Franz) "Take this. It's Uncle Howard's phone number in New York."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "I've got an uncle in New York?"
  • (Elizabeth Franz) "My cousin Ellen married his half-sister's nephew, before she got bit by that dog and died."

Christopher Murney as Barney Rattigan

  • (Christopher Murney) "Any questions?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Yeah, what do I call you?"
  • (Christopher Murney) "You call me God."

Carol Ann Susi as Jean

  • (Carol Ann Susi) "I was having fun on this job. You had all this energy, and all these crazy ideas -- and you kept taking your pants off."

Richard Jordan as Howard Prescott

  • (Richard Jordan) "Let me get this straight; Brantley is Whitfield?"
  • (Michael J. Fox) "That's right. Brantley is Whitfield; Whitfield is Brantley."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "And Christy is the bimbo. Well, now that we've all had Mouseketeer roll call, I'm just going to go call my lawyer."
  • (Richard Jordan) "No, wait a minute. Christy is not the bimbo I was screwing around with at the office."
  • (Helen Slater) "People better stop calling me bimbo."
  • (Richard Jordan) "It was an entirely different bimbo altogether."
  • (Margaret Whitton) "That's fine; how many bimbos would you say there were?"
  • (Richard Jordan) "I misspoke myself. There weren't any bimbos at all."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Except Christy."
  • (Richard Jordan) "Right. No."
  • (Richard Jordan) "What you are doing in here?"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Feeling romantic --"
  • (Richard Jordan) "Oh. What's for dinner?"
  • (Margaret Whitton) "Ohh, Howard. You really know how to sweep a girl back onto her feet."

John Pankow as Fred Melrose

  • (John Pankow) "Not the suits, man. You never consort with the suits unless they consort with you first."
  • (Michael J. Fox) "Wait a minute, that's ridiculous. He's a person, I'm a person. I can't say hello to him?"
  • (John Pankow) "He's not a person, he's a suit. You're mailroom. No consorting."

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