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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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An all star cast before they were the vogue See more (51 total) »


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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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Additional Details

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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

Did You Know?

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 »
Plot holes: When Don tries to delay the start of the meeting, Shaw states that five members are sufficient for a quorum -- the four men present plus Julia Tredway's proxy (and later, Julia in person). But all Don had to do to hold up the meeting was to walk out, thereby depriving it of the necessary quorum.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 The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)See more »
Singin' in the RainSee more »


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36 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
An all star cast before they were the vogue, 31 December 2001
Author: mdmphd from Santa Cruz, CA

Robert Wise is perhaps better known as a director of musicals - West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Star!,etc. However, he was also adept at grabbing our attention and holding it, as with The Day The Earth Stood Still (classic sci-fi) and Somebody Up There Likes Me (launching Paul Newman as a prize fighter). Here, he takes an incredible cast, gives them each something to chew on and let's us in on the fun. It also won Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction, costumes and Cinematography. It won a special jury price at the Venice Film Festival and Golden Lion and WGA nominators for director and writer, so there's some laurels attached. There are many standout scenes and performances -- June Allyson proving she can make more out of the generic housewife and a negligee, Frederic March as a scheming, palm sweating numbers man, Shelley Winters in her bombshell mode, but remarkably restrained(and no one wants to kill her in this movie!), and then there are the standouts of Walter Pidgeon (& that voice)behind leaded glass spectacles and a wild mop of hair, Barbara Stanwyck stealing the thunder away from the major roles just by listening in her chair, with William Holden blustering his way into a couple of decent monologues(his angry white man bit isn't always as compelling from movie to movie)but Nina Foch won a best supporting actress nod for her caring and steadfast senior admin. Only Paul Douglas doesn't seem to be completely connected with his head salesman caught in a scandalous jam. Never one for a subtle role, he doesn't quite have the hang of pretending to talk to someone on a phone, but he does bring a gravitas to his situation once it's a Sword of Damocles over his head. Despite all of this mincing about characters, EXECUTIVE SUITE is a remarkably fascinating power struggle that holds up nearly fifty years later. The few quirks of the film that ground it in the the 50s are easily overpowered by a brilliant ensemble. Wise allows that none of these characters is perfect, but that makes them all the more watchable as they try to wend their way thru the maze put before them. Who needs a Max Steiner soundtrack when there's so much more to the silences between great actors. Four stars out of five - MDMPHD

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