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Executive Suite -- The president of Tredway Corp. has unexpectedly died. Long live the new president. But who will the exec be? There's no official line of succession, and so insider back-stabbing begins.


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Ernest Lehman (screen play)
Cameron Hawley (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
9 September 1954 (Italy) See more »
Behind the lighted tower windows the conflict of love and power is reckless and daring!
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 »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (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:
Walter Bacon ... Worker (uncredited)

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)
Jimmie Horan ... Sidewalk Passerby (uncredited)
Chet Huntley ... Narrator / Voice of Tredway (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Spectator at Game (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Worker (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)
Dorothy Vernon ... Worker (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
Crew verified as complete

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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | 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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The source material for this film came from the eponymous novel by Cameron Hawley. Hawley based the book, in part, on his own experiences working for the Armstrong Cork Company in Pennsylvania.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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:
Referenced in Money Never Sleeps (2000) (V)See more »
Singin' in the RainSee more »


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40 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
How Well do You Know Your Company?, 4 August 2005
Author: Bogmeister from United States

A rare look into the business of running a business - a corporation - this is surprisingly entertaining, for adults, I would gather. In the first few minutes, we observe the death of the President of this company, from his p.o.v.-an artful beginning from director Wise. There are 5 Vice Presidents, all of equal rank. One of them will be the new Prez. The selection procedure is pretty simple. The Board, comprised of 7 members (2 other stockholders besides the 5 V.P.'s) votes yes or no on whomever is nominated. 4 'yes' votes or more gets the job.

The cast is superb, really first rate, but the one to watch, for me, was Fredric March as Shaw, the V.P./Controller, whose sole criteria for success is the bottom line. He's smooth, too smooth, and sweats a bit too much. You'll note that nothing is ever seen of his private life, unlike the others. All his energy is geared around the company, but ultimately for his own benefit, even if he doesn't see it that way. All the actors are very articulate, delivering their lines with impressive precision. The maneuvering done by each of the 5 V.P.'s is something to see; one front-runner (Pidgeon) for the top job seems a shoo-in, but just as quickly this sense evaporates. Any of the 5 appears to be the man for the job at one point or another - the decision and vote needs to be reached quickly, before the company starts to suffer, so we add tension to the plot.

This picture has not really dated 50 years later, as much of the sensibilities and office politics remain unchanged today. There may be more sleaziness and unscrupulous behavior nowadays, but even this is presented in the form of one of the board members (Calhern), a sneak who sees the death of the President as just another way to make some money in stocks. After checking this out, you may want to catch the documentary "The Corporation" to get a little more insight into such an entity.

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