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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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William Briggs: On our level you don't get fired, you know that. After thirty years of productive work, they can't say to a man like me, "Alright, now get out!" They just can't do that. So what do they do? They create a situation. A situation you can't work in and finally that you can't live in with this tension, abuse. Small humiliations. It all starts out on a scale so subtle, so microscopic that at first you can't really believe it's happening at all. But gradually thy thing begins to take shape. The pieces...
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Timeless autopsy of corporate viciousness
17 January 2000 | by (Palo Alto, California) – See all my reviews

Even though I missed the first few minutes of this film on TCM, I was completely hooked as soon as I attempted to scroll past it. Terrific immorality play complete with simplified characters purely drawn, acid dialogue and a sterling cast of character actors. Van Heflin does an amazing turn as a basically moral person who is drawn into the morass of not just corporate survival but domination. The entire cast has great fun with Serling's intense screenplay, complete with scenery-chewing of the highest order. The final confrontation between Heflin and Sloane is simply delicious. Why hadn't I heard of this film before? It brings to mind certain segments of Citizen Kane (and not because of Sloane's presence) and The Sweet Smell of Success. Highly reccomended.


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