When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.

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The story of the fierce and corrosive competition that exists in the executive branch of Ramsey & Co., a New York industrial colossus headed by Walter Ramsey, its cold, designing and ruthless chief. It is the saga, too, of Bill Briggs, his longtime second in command, who is swayed by human as well as technological values. And, it is the case of Fred Staples, a comparatively youthful industrial engineer brought in by Ramsey to succeed Briggs. The younger man's views and sensitivities are essentially the same as Briggs'. People are not merely units, they feel. But it is Ramsey's calculated pattern not to fire his aging aide but to create such untenable positions that he will be forced to resign. Written by alfiehitchie

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Ruthless Men And Ambitious Women...Clawing For Control Of A Billion Dollar Empire!!! See more »

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26 October 1956 (West Germany)  »

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Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling that ran on "Kraft Television Theatre" (1947) in January 1955. It featured several of the same actors that would appear in the movie, including Everett Sloane and Ed Begley. However the part of Fred Staples, the lead, was originated by Richard Kiley. Begley's character, Bill Briggs, was called Andy Sloane in the original version. Serling's teleplay won him the first of his six Emmy Awards. See more »

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Staples' secretary calls him 'Mr. Briggs' at the end of one scene. It is just possible that she was meant to be flustered. See more »

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William Briggs: [to Fred] I'm wondering if you're as good a human being as you are an industrial relations man.
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Remake of Kraft Theatre: Patterns (1955) See more »

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Superb little gem, almost unknown
17 September 2002 | by (Chancellorsville VA) – See all my reviews

One of Rod Serling's finest efforts, turned into one of the finest commentaries on the corporate rat-race ever put on film. Watching old pro actors like Everett Sloane and Van Heflin remind us of how weak and limited most of our big-salary "actors" truly are today. Comparing the REAL Ed Begley with the scrawny, whining little namesake that sprung somehow from his loins is indeed the definitive statement on how low the acting "profession" has sunk.

This is a gripping, vicious film that claws at the corporate beast and the greed that grips us all. We may not like it, but it's in all of us, and this forces us to see both the good and the bad sides of it -- though the bad side is emphasized more strongly, of course.

You will see few films better than this and will probably wonder why you never heard of it before. Along with the better-known "Requiem for a Heavyweight," this is one film that shows the raw power that Serling could deliver when left on his own.

Superb, superb, superb.


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