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The Best of Everything (1959)

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

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Cast

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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
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Jane
Lionel Kane ...
Paul Landers
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Dr. Ronnie Wood
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David Savage
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Amanda Farrow
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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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The story of the girls who claw and scratch their way to the top...only to realize too late - there's no wedding ring on their finger! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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9 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alla mina drömmar  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Suzy Parker was pregnant during filming. On the DVD commentary, author Rona Jaffe commented about her concern for Parker and her unborn child because of the tight clothing the actress had to wear. Fortunately, the baby was fine. 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

Caroline Bender: What is it about women like us that make you hold us so cheaply? Aren't we the special ones from the best homes and the best colleges? I know the world outside isn't full of rainbows and happy endings, but to you, aren't we even decent?
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Referenced in Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played when Caroline is introduced over drinks
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What Women's Lib was all about!
12 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Meant to be a glossy romance and cautionary tale for girls who dare to think of working Outside The Home, "The Best of Everything" instead is a virtual primer of the root causes of the modern Women's movement: Women (really, girls) can have jobs, but only until they find a man and leave to begin their real lives as homemakers; women are sexual toys, provided to men at work for their amusement; all men are predators and all women are fools; pregnancy is entirely the woman's fault; women who take their jobs seriously are damaged people; women merely exist for the use of men. Sounds like an unremitting screed, and it is -- yet, such is Hollywood's power, the pageant is very watchable (the clothes, the sentimental views of 1959 NYC) and beautiful. A wonderful snapshot of America just a couple of years before "The Feminine Mystique" was published. Must-see for women.


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