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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
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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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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 »

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Walter Ramsey: Name your terms. All terms are negotiable.
Fred Staples: I don't think so. Not mine.
Walter Ramsey: All right. I'd just as soon not waste any time doing trading. As of now, your salary is doubled. Your stock option is doubled right down the line. Your expense account is whatever you make it. Add to that a new title, vice president.
Fred Staples: I want a lot more than that. You're not going to take me on as just another vice president you can push around. You take me as someone who hates you down to the bare nerve. Nothing in the world ...
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9 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Patterns centres around the fierce and dog eat dog world of an executive conglomerate company. Written by Rod Serling {he of The Twilight Zone fame} and based on his own play, it's a stunning picture that relies {and succeeds} on spiky dialogue and a trio of superlative acting performances. Not containing any music at all and filmed primarily within the confines of an interior story, Serling and his on form director, Fielder Cook, have crafted probably the essential picture dealing with the harsh and at times brutal realities of big business ladder climbing.

Everett Sloane, Ed Begley and Van Heflin really provide the viewers with an acting tour de force. Sloane as the big boss Walter Ramsey, creates a strutting despotic character that is as memorable as it is harsh, here's a man who wont "pattern" a sacking of an employee, he would rather break him into resignation!, a totally vile and cruel "pattern" tactic. Begley {superbly playing weary emotion} plays the genial and honest William Briggs, who upon welcoming Van Heflin's Fred Staples to the company, realises it's likely to be at his own cost, this giving the film a deep emotional "pattern" as Staples {Heflin to me, donning a career high} gets conflicted about his role in this company, this leads us to a truly excellent finale as Heflin and Sloane go at each other with a gripping intensity that many modern actors could do no worse than to take note of, it really is something.

A fabulous movie that comes highly recommended to anyone who appreciates dialogue driven films with intelligence pouring from every frame. 9/10


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