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The Best of Everything (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 9 October 1959 (USA)
An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups.

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Caroline Bender
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Mike Rice
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Gregg Adams
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Barbara Lamont
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April Morrison
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Fred Shalimar
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Dexter Key
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Eddie Harris
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Sidney Carter
Sue Carson ...
Mary Agnes
Linda Hutchings ...
Jane
Lionel Kane ...
Paul Landers
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Dr. Ronnie Wood
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David Savage
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Storyline

With her unofficial fiancé Eddie Harris studying in England for a year, Radcliffe educated Caroline Bender decides to get her first ever job as a secretary at Manhattan located Fabian Publishing, which offers its employees "the best of everything". There, she finds her story is somewhat similar to all the other secretaries, who are biding their time in the secretarial pool either before getting married - to a current or future beau - or moving on to their dream job. In the latter category is aspiring actress Gregg Adams, who with fellow secretary, the naive and inexperienced April Morrison, become Caroline's new roommates. Caroline also finds that as a secretary to the editors, she has to learn the special needs and foibles of each. They include the "witch" Amanda Farrow whose demanding exterior masks a truly lonely woman, the aging Lothario Fred Shalimar, and the understanding Mike Rice, whose best friend is a bottle of booze. The path to true happiness for each of Caroline, Gregg ... Written by Huggo

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THESE ARE THE GIRLS who want the best of everything... but often settle for a lot less! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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9 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujeres frente al amor  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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This was the first time Joan Crawford accepted a supporting role in a movie, supposedly because she found herself in debt after the death of husband Alfred Steele early in 1959. According to cast member Diane Baker, Crawford's role was cut even further before release, causing the removal of a show-stopping drunk scene by Crawford. Bits of this scene are in the trailer included on the DVD. See more »

Goofs

When Caroline is in Mike's apartment the New York City skyline is seen in the background. However, it is clear this is a backdrop and only two lights are seen to flicker throughout the whole skyline. See more »

Quotes

Gregg Adams: Here's to men. Bless their clean-cut faces and dirty little minds!
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Connections

Referenced in Mad Men: Babylon (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Something's Gotta Give
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Written by Johnny Mercer
Played at the picnic
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Excellent Film!
28 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I feel very strongly that this film was just like Waiting to Exhale with white females in the 1950's. As in Waiting to Exhale, all of the female characters got mixed up with men who were either married or no good. The only difference, besides the obvious, was that there wasn't much humor in this film. I would even say that it was tragic. Only one of the male characters seemed to be kind and sincere (Hope Lange's guy), but even then there was conflict in this relationship.

The story was about three young women who shared an apartment together and who had hopes and dreams of success. Unfortunately for them, romance didn't seem to come easy although they were young, intelligent and attractive. This movie could be called a tearjerker with the saddest part involving Suzy Parker's character whose obsession of an ex-boyfriend leads to tragedy.

This is a must see.


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