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The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)

Last Updated: Aug 2023

Brantley Foster (Michael J. Fox), a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always dreamed of making it big in New York, but once in New York, he learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley visits his uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a multi-million-dollar company, he is given a job in the company's mail room. Then Brantley meets Christy Wills (Helen Slater), who happens to be one of the top executives. Believing that the best way to win her over is by posing as an executive, Brantley decides to take a position under the name Carlton Whitfield, and soon things get unexpectedly out of hand.

Port Authority Bus Terminal, 625 8th Avenue and West 42nd Street, Manhattan.


West Broadway (btw Spring Street and Broome Street) Manhattan.


394 West Broadway (btw Spring Street and Broome Street) Manhattan.


Park Avenue and East 52nd Street, Manhattan.


West 21st Street (btw 6th and 7th Avenues) Manhattan.


Brantley's Apartment, 325 West 46th Street (btw 8th & 9th Avenues) Manhattan.


101 Park Avenue and East 40th Street, Manhattan.


8th Avenue and West 46th Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The company Pemrose Corp, in which Brantley worked had several locations that made up its office building. For the entrance and lobby, the building at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 53rd Street was used. The actual office interiors were filmed at the, then headquarters of the International Paper company on the 43rd and 44th floors of the building just south of the Rockefeller Center at 1166 Avenue of the Americas. And finally, the rooftop jogging track scene was shot at 919 3rd Avenue.

Pemrose Building (Entrance) 599 Lexington Avenue & East 53rd, Street, Manhattan.


Pemrose Building (Office) 1166 6th Avenue (btw West 45th & 46th Streets) Manhattan.


Pemrose Building (Roof) 919 3rd Avenue and East 56th Street, Manhattan.


Markt Restaurant, 676 6th Avenue and West 21st Street, Manhattan.


6th Avenue and West 21st Street, Manhattan.


Peking Ship, South Street Seaport, East River, Manhattan.


Staten Island Ferry, New York Harbour.


(Restaurant) Trump Park Avenue, 502 Park Avenue and East 59th Street, Manhattan.


Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue (btw West 63rd and 64th Streets) Manhattan.



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