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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:
Absorbing drama of corporate struggle for top executive position... 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
Singin' in the RainSee more »

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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Absorbing drama of corporate struggle for top executive position..., 31 August 2003
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Robert Wise has taken Cameron Hawley's expose of big business shenanigans and turned it into a smart, well-paced melodrama with some superb performances from a highly polished cast--William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Pidgeon, Fredric March, June Allyson, Paul Douglas, Shelley Winters and Nina Foch.

Fredric March comes on strong as the most ambitious candidate while Dean Jagger underplays as the weakest. Another who is remarkable in showing restraint for a change is Shelley Winters as Douglas' girlfriend who wishes he had more backbone. Barbara Stanwyck does some fireworks in a strong scene with William Holden but does a restrained piece of acting at the final board scene where she sits and listens as Holden takes command of the situation. Here she reveals without saying a word what a fine actress she is.

While most of it is given the glossy MGM treatment, the settings look realistic and there are some real shots of busy Manhattan streets and buildings. One MGM factor is missing--there is no background music, not even under the credits--remarkable for a film of this period. Somehow, it doesn't matter--and the film hasn't dated much at all. What it has to say about big business still holds true.

Nina Foch is excellent as an executive secretary and fully deserved her Academy Award nomination.

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