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Executive Suite (1954)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  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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McDonald Walling
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Mary Blemond Walling
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Loren Phineas Shaw
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Frederick Y. Alderson
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Eva Bardeman
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Josiah Walter Dudley
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George Nyle Caswell
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Jesse Q. Grimm
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Erica Martin
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Mike Walling
William Phipps ...
Bill Lundeen
Lucy Knoch ...
Mrs. George Nyle Caswell (as Lucille Knoch)
Edgar Stehli ...
Julius Steigel
Mary Adams ...
Sara Asenath Grimm
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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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Drama | Romance

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9 September 1954 (Italy)  »

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Die Intriganten  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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When William Holden returns home from the airport in this MGM film, we hear his baseball playing son singing off-camera the tune to "Singin' In the Rain," music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by the head of the studio's celebrated musical unit, Arthur Freed. The song appears in many a film from The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to A Clockwork Orange (1971), and most famously in the Gene Kelly MGM film of the same name. See more »

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When Alderson walks over to meet Dudley as he's coming off the plane, the long shot shows Dudley walking amid a group of people, including a stewardess. A moment later, when Alderson reaches Dudley in close-up, all the surrounding people have vanished. 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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Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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Not as '50s as it looks
13 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

For all the MGM-ness of it -- the all-star roster of contract players and freelancers, the classy production values, Louis Calhern doing his reliable devilish-rogue act -- it has touches that one associates with neither the plush studio nor the time period. It's pretty frank about high-powered execs and their mistresses, for one, and the handheld camera of the opening sequence (through unfakeable Wall Street locations, yet) and lack of background music are more typical of independent movies of a few years later. Contrast it with "Woman's World" from the same year, which is also a corporate-power-struggle yarn (and also has June Allyson as a devoted, gauche corporate wifey), but is fake from the get-go. This one is dated in Holden's we're-all-in-this-together speechifying, not to mention the one-company factory town, and Stanwyck's histrionics are a bit over the top. (Hey, I love her too; her unchecked hysterics have to be Robert Wise's fault.) But the dialogue is terser than one generally associates with Ernest Lehman, the shady stock maneuvers are unfortunately as relevant as ever, and the juicy melodramatics still pack a punch. In fact, as corporate drama goes, it's as entertaining as all getout. Fredric March is a standout in a high-powered cast, and Shelley Winters, for once, underplays.


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