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Director:
Writers:
Ernest Lehman (screen play)
Cameron Hawley (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
9 September 1954 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Behind the lighted tower windows the conflict of love and power is reckless and daring!
Plot:
When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice-presidents vie to see who will replace him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(16 articles)
Room Number: Where to Stay During the Tokyo Film Festival
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 18 October 2013, 11:02 AM, PDT)

Holden Has Two 'Wild' Movies Tonight
 (From Alt Film Guide. 21 August 2013, 6:56 PM, PDT)

Top Ten 1950s
 (From FilmExperience. 19 March 2013, 5:14 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Corporate maneuvers See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... McDonald Walling

June Allyson ... Mary Blemond Walling

Barbara Stanwyck ... Julia O. Tredway

Fredric March ... Loren Phineas Shaw

Walter Pidgeon ... Frederick Y. Alderson

Shelley Winters ... Eva Bardeman

Paul Douglas ... Josiah Walter Dudley

Louis Calhern ... George Nyle Caswell

Dean Jagger ... Jesse Q. Grimm

Nina Foch ... Erica Martin

Tim Considine ... Mike Walling
William Phipps ... Bill Lundeen
Lucy Knoch ... Mrs. George Nyle Caswell (as Lucille Knoch)
Edgar Stehli ... Julius Steigel
Mary Adams ... Sara Asenath Grimm
Virginia Brissac ... Edith Alderson
Harry Shannon ... Ed Benedeck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Banner ... Henri (Stork Club Maître D') (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Guest (uncredited)
Hugh Boswell ... Guest (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Detective (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Miss Clark (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Stork Club Waiter (uncredited)
Hamilton Camp ... Mailroom Boy (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Lee Ormand (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Toll Booth Attendant (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jonathan Cott ... Officer Canady (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Maid (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Salesman (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Guest (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Detective (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle ... Stork Club Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Darren Dublin ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Virginia Eiler ... Western Union Operator (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Jimmy Farrell (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman at Alderson Home (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Avery Bullard (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Faith Geer ... Stork Club Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Salesman (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Chet Huntley ... Narrator / Voice of Tredway (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Spectator at Game (uncredited)
Richard Landry ... Worker (uncredited)
Kay Mansfield ... Alderson's Secretary (uncredited)

May McAvoy ... Grimm's Secretary (uncredited)
Tom McDonough ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
John McKee ... Umpire (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Reporter (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Candy Store Lady (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Reporter (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Servant (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Sam Teal (uncredited)

Maidie Norman ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Kasia Orzazewski ... Liz (uncredited)
Dan Riss ... City Editor (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Worker (uncredited)
Gus Schilling ... Newsstand Vendor (uncredited)
Jerry Sheldon ... Bit Role (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bernice Simmons ... Guest (uncredited)
Ann Tyrrell ... Miss Nordley (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Luigi Cassoni (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Airport Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Lehman (screen play)

Cameron Hawley (based on the novel by)

Produced by
John Houseman .... producer
Jud Kinberg .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (as George Folsey)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... costume designer: women
 
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16711) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Producer John Houseman wanted Henry Fonda for the role of McDonald Walling. Fonda turned him down to star in a Broadway musical that never reached the stage.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the elevator doors, seen from Bullard's point of view, open at the lobby of the office building at the film's beginning, it is obvious that the people in the lobby have been standing still, awaiting their cue when the doors open, as they are clearly standing immobile for a moment before they start to move around the scene.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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Soundtrack:
Singin' in the RainSee more »

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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Corporate maneuvers, 10 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Herbert Lehman, the adapter of the novel that serves as the basis for this corporate drama makes a tremendous contribution with his screen play. Little seems to have changed in the way corporate America did business then, which it still holds true today. The film, as directed by Robert Wise, keeps us involved in the maneuvers the executives of the company do behind the scenes when the head of the company dies suddenly.

We are given a gripping drama as to what goes on among all the possible candidates to take the helm of the business. There will only be a winner, but who can be the most qualified person to take the company to do better than it had performed under the dead man? Would it be the ambitious Loren Shaw, a man with facts and figures at the tip of his fingers? Would it be Frederich Alderan, the man who has dedicated almost 30 years of his life to the business? Or would it be McDonald Walling, the younger man who knows what's wrong with the way the company has been turning inferior products to its customers?

The all star cast assembled for the film do an outstanding job guided by Mr. Wise, the director. William Holden plays Walling, the youngest of all the executives. Mr. Holden gave an inspired performance as the man who knows where the focus of the company should be, and he is decent enough not to want to be seen as pushing to get the CEO's job.

Fredric March, one of the best actors of his generation, is one of the best things in the film. His ambitious Loren Shaw, clearly, the man who makes no bones about his aspirations, is one of the best roles he played for the screen. Mr. March's portrayal of the ruthless Shaw gives us an idea of how driven some people in those high places will react knowing the power they'll yield, not caring how they will affect the lives of those under them.

The rest of the players are good. Barbara Stanwyck has a small part as the daughter of the man that created Treadway. Walter Pigeon is Fred, the man who has given his life to this company. Paul Douglas is Walter, the straying man having an illicit relation with his secretary. Louis Calhern is the reptilian Casswell, who stands to make a lot of money out of his gamble to back up Shaw. Nina Foch, the executive secretary Erica, does a fine job in projecting the sadness of a lonely woman who has probably loved the dead man Bullard. Shelley Winters only has a couple of scenes as Eva, the secretary that suddenly sees the light in her situation with Walter.

The film offers a good look at the financial district of New York as it looked in those years. It's sad to realize what the recent events have done to that part of Manhattan and how different it looks today!

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