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Patterns (1956)

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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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Nancy Staples
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Joanna Roos ...
Valerie Cossart ...
Miss Stevens
Eleni Kiamos ...
Sylvia Trammel
Ronnie Welsh ...
Paul Briggs
Shirley Standlee ...
Miss Hill
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Mr. Jameson
Jack Livesey ...
Mr. Vanderventer (as Jack Livesy)
John Seymour ...
Mr. Gordon
James Kelly ...
Mr. Latham
John Shelly ...
Mr. Grannigan
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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!!!

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26 October 1956 (West Germany)  »

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Morgen trifft es dich  »

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Look closely during the breakfast scene: the report that Briggs is leafing through is very clearly made up of script pages. 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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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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great film
21 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

It was written by Rod Serling and stars Van Heflin and Everett Sloane. Heflin stars as a man who is just hired to a company to basically replace another man played by Ed Begley. Sloane is the top man at the company and wants Begley to quit. It's a pretty short movie and it goes by pretty quick. The best thing about the movie is Everett Sloane's character and the way he is played.


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