How to Get (A)head in Advertising


The movie is a farce about a mentally unstable advertising executive, (Dennis Dimbleby Bagley), Played by Richard E Grant and directed by Bruce Robinson, Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who suffers a nervous breakdown when he fails to come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream.

Bagley has a crisis of conscience about the ethics of advertising, which leads to mania. He then develops a boil on his right shoulder that comes to life with a face and voice,(The voice although uncredited, is that of Bruce Robinson). The boil takes a cynical and unscrupulous view of the advertising profession in contrast to Bagley’s new-found ethical concerns.

Eventually, Bagley decides to have the boil removed in hospital but moments before he is taken into the operating room, the boil quickly grows into a replica of Bagley’s head (only with a moustache) and starts talking.

 Bagley really begins to think he’s lost his mind. But has he?

If you are one of the unfortunate pimple free humans that does not have the privilege of owning this Bruce Robinson film don’t panic, wipe the sweat from your brow and get involved in the absolute cult classic.

How To Get Ahead In Advertising: Part One

How To Get Ahead In Advertising: Part Two


2 Responses to “How to Get (A)head in Advertising”

  1. bagley's tash Says:


  2. Vincent Black Shadow Says:

    Businessman on Train: [reading a newspaper] I see the police have made another lightning raid. Paddington drug orgy.

    Priest on Train: [Irish accent] I suppose young girls was involved?

    Businessman on Train: One discovered naked in a kitchen. Breasts smeared with peanut butter. “The police took away a bag containing 15 grams of cannibis resin. It may also have contained a quantity of heroin.”

    Denis Dimbleby Bagley: Or a pork pie.

    Businessman on Train: I beg your pardon?

    Denis Dimbleby Bagley: I said the bag may also have contained a pork pie.

    Businessman on Train: I hardly see how a pork pie’s got anything to do with it.

    Denis Dimbleby Bagley: All right then, what about a large turnip? It may also have contained a big turnip.

    Priest on Train: The bag was full of drugs.

    Denis Dimbleby Bagley: Nonsense.

    Priest on Train: The bag was full of drugs, it says so!

    Denis Dimbleby Bagley: The bag could have been full of anything. Pork pies, turnips, oven parts. It’s the oldest trick in the book.

    Priest on Train: What book?

    Denis Dimbleby Bagley: The distortion of truth by association book. The word is “may”. You all believe heroin was in the bag because cannibis resin was in the bag. The bag may have contained heroin, but the chances are 100 to 1 certain that it didn’t.

    Businessman on Train: A lot more likely than what you say.

    Denis Dimbleby Bagley: About as likely as a tit spread with peanut butter.

    Businessman on Train: Do you mind?

    Priest on Train: The tit was spread with peanut butter!

    Denis Dimbleby Bagley: Nonsense.

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