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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Staples
Joanna Roos ...
Valerie Cossart ...
Miss Stevens
Eleni Kiamos ...
Sylvia Trammel
Ronnie Welsh ...
Paul Briggs
Shirley Standlee ...
Miss Hill
Mr. Jameson
Jack Livesey ...
Mr. Vandeventer (as Jack Livesy)
John Seymour ...
Mr. Gordon
James Kelly ...
Mr. Latham
John Shelly ...
Mr. Grannigan


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!!!




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26 October 1956 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El precio del triunfo  »

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Andrew Duggan's first movie. See more »


The dialog in the final scenes, starting with Staples' conversation with his wife in a coffee shop near his office, indicate the events take place well into the evening. However, the exterior shot linking this scene with Staples' confrontation with Ramsey in the Ramsey & Company building, as well as the exterior shot that follows the confrontation, were both taken in broad daylight. See more »


Nancy Staples: [Dropping Fred off at work] Now I know what a mother feels when her child goes to school for the first time.
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Better than I remembered.
23 February 2001 | by (Carrollton, Tx.) – See all my reviews

I saw the original TV Play back in the olden days. Then this version in the 50's. The acting along with the story were both excellent. When you look at these fine actors, you see people who actually worked and learned their trade and craft over many years. Things seem to be a lot different today and it shows in the quality, of the majority of actors and films we have come to accept. Just put out a film and the people will buy a ticket, no matter whether good or not. They still make money with videos and the foreign market. Glad to have seen this again on the cable movie channel. Hope we get more .

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