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Executive Suite (1954)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  9 September 1954 (Italy)
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When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice-presidents vie to see who will replace him.

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Avery Bullard, President of the Tredway Corporation has died. But he never named a clear successor, so the Board members must choose a replacement. The most likely is Loren Shaw, a skilled businessman, but some of the others don't like his calculating ways. But to stop him, they'll have to find someone else they can back. Will it be the engineer Don Walling? That will take convincing, they don't trust his youth and idealism. And he isn't even sure he wants the job, he might be happier creating rather than politicking. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Behind the lighted tower windows the conflict of love and power is reckless and daring!

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9 September 1954 (Italy)  »

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Cuando llama el deseo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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According to Oliver Stone, who did the commentary on the DVD for this film, the beginning was narrated by Edward R. Murrow. See more »

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While the board members are waiting for Bullard's arrival, Jesse Grimm says all he's thinking of is a mess of soft-shelled crabs straight out of Chesapeake Bay. As he finishes saying this Walling is shown smiling in a close-up, but in the immediately succeeding medium shot Walling is visibly grim and scowling. See more »

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[pre-opening-credits sequence; views of skyscrapers]
Narrator: It is always up there, close to the clouds, on the topmost floors of the sky-reaching towers of big business. And because it is high in the sky, you may think that those who work there are somehow above and beyond the tensions and temptations of the lower floors. This is to say that it isn't so.
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Singin' in the Rain
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Hummed by Tim Considine
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A great example of mature, intelligent storytelling.
19 October 1999 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

When the president of a major furniture conglomerate drops dead, all of the company's executives (William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Douglas, Louis Calhern, Dean Jagger) converge in the executive suite for a vote on who will take over. But before this climactic meeting takes place, we learn about each executive's motives and desires. Make way for the clash of egos and ambitions!

Helping to define the human element of these ruthless, driven businesspeople, we gain a revealing look into the simplicity of their domestic lives. And helping to add to the intensity of this over-wrought boardroom melodrama, director Robert Wise smartly (or not so smartly, perhaps) forgoes any musical soundtrack. Instead the background is filled with the real life sounds of a major company such as this.

The all-star cast provides perhaps the biggest punch in all of "Executive Suite". Standouts particularly are Holden, Stanwyck, March, and Foch. Despite her devastating lack of screentime, Stanwyck is able to give one of the best performances of her mutifaceted career as a woman on the verge -the high-strung lover of the deceased president. In an exemplary showcase of scene-stealing, Holden has a final showdown with Stanwyck - this dynamite sequence tops them all. This smart coporate drama is given the glossed-over MGM treatment, but is nonetheless gripping and realisitic, thanks in part to outstanding performances and direction (watch for the amazing opening scene where we watch from the ailing president's point-of-view). "Executive Suite" is intelligent, mature storytelling, Hollywood style.


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