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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:
A great example of mature, intelligent storytelling. 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:
In addition to the Tredway Corporation headquarters building seen in exterior shots being the Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) building in Allentown, Pennsylvania, additional evidence that the fictional community of "Millburgh, PA" is patterned after Allentown is that it was also the only city in Pennsylvania other than Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (which Millburgh clearly is not) that was served by United Airlines in 1950. When Mr. Shaw drops Walt Dudley off at the airport on Friday evening the flight being announced is "Flight 79 to Pittsburgh and Chicago" and the aircraft seen at the gate is a UAL DC-3; Dudley is also arrives back from Chicago on Saturday in a UAL DC-3. (Curiously while waiting for Mr. Bullard to arrive for the 6PM Executive Committee meeting on Friday Mr. Dudley says that he has a "7PM date with a DC-6" which is clearly incorrect.) UAL began service to Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport in 1935. (The airport scenes in the film were actually shot at Long Beach Airport south of Los Angeles.) The twin cities of Bethlehem and Allentown also had direct passenger rail service from New York City in 1950 via the Lehigh Valley Railroad (from Pennsylvania Station at 33rd St and 8th Ave) and the Jersey Central Railroad (from Liberty-Courtland Street) with the 88 mile trip taking about two hours. There is also a St. Martin's church in Allentown where the funeral was expected to be.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Don stops the car in the middle of the street and gets out to walk home, all the cars previously seen parked end-to-end on the street through his car windows a moment before suddenly vanish, with no cars anywhere to be seen. But in the very next shot of Jesse Grimm and his wife passing by in their car, the street suddenly changes from being devoid of any parked cars to those same background shots of pre-1940 vehicles parked thickly along the curb.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:
Referenced in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Singin' in the RainSee more »

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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A great example of mature, intelligent storytelling., 19 October 1999
Author: boy-13 (afsfboy22@aol.com) from San Francisco, California

When the president of a major furniture conglomerate drops dead, all of the company's executives (William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Douglas, Louis Calhern, Dean Jagger) converge in the executive suite for a vote on who will take over. But before this climactic meeting takes place, we learn about each executive's motives and desires. Make way for the clash of egos and ambitions!

Helping to define the human element of these ruthless, driven businesspeople, we gain a revealing look into the simplicity of their domestic lives. And helping to add to the intensity of this over-wrought boardroom melodrama, director Robert Wise smartly (or not so smartly, perhaps) forgoes any musical soundtrack. Instead the background is filled with the real life sounds of a major company such as this.

The all-star cast provides perhaps the biggest punch in all of "Executive Suite". Standouts particularly are Holden, Stanwyck, March, and Foch. Despite her devastating lack of screentime, Stanwyck is able to give one of the best performances of her mutifaceted career as a woman on the verge -the high-strung lover of the deceased president. In an exemplary showcase of scene-stealing, Holden has a final showdown with Stanwyck - this dynamite sequence tops them all. This smart coporate drama is given the glossed-over MGM treatment, but is nonetheless gripping and realisitic, thanks in part to outstanding performances and direction (watch for the amazing opening scene where we watch from the ailing president's point-of-view). "Executive Suite" is intelligent, mature storytelling, Hollywood style.

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