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Executive Suite (1954)

Passed | | Drama | 30 April 1954 (USA)
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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30 April 1954 (USA)  »

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Cuando llama el deseo  »

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$1,383,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film in the distinguished career of screenwriter Ernest Lehman. Lehman was paid the industry minimum of $600 per week for his work on this film. However, within two years, Lehman would earn approximately 100 times that amount for his work. See more »

Goofs

When Bullard steps out onto the street he turns to the right and calls "Taxi", even though there is no taxi there and he's facing the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[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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Referenced in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Singin' in the Rain
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Hummed by Tim Considine
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Best movie showing the Board of directors and their behind the scenes manipulations.
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This film should be mandatory viewing by every CEO,CFO and Executive board in the United States. If they can't hold them self up to the ethical standard set by "Mac" Walling, they need to resign. Every one who sides with Shaw needs to be fired. Perhaps there would have been no Enron scandal if we used this film as a guide for our Corporate ethics.

The words in the board room speech given by Mr. Walling are just as true today as they were in 1954. "You can't make men work for money alone--you starve their souls when you try it, and you can starve a company to death the same way." I am excited each time I see it. It renews my faith in the business world that a man with ethics will take control of the company for the good of the employees, the customers, and the stockholders. If a company manufactures a product, it's first loyalty is to the customers who buy the product. The employees and the share holders will receive the rewards if they are due.


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