The Best of Everything (1959)

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An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups.



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Complete credited cast:
Caroline Bender
Mike Rice
Gregg Adams
Barbara Lamont
April Morrison
Fred Shalimar
Dexter Key
Eddie Harris
Sidney Carter
Sue Carson ...
Mary Agnes
Linda Hutchings ...
Lionel Kane ...
Paul Landers
Ted Otis ...
Dr. Ronnie Wood
David Savage
Amanda Farrow


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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Release Date:

9 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujeres frente al amor  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The scene where Amanda (Joan Crawford) takes a phone call from her lover, who is canceling their date, was written by Crawford herself. She had received her character's lines the day before filming, but felt they would not work, and asked producer Jerry Wald if she could rewrite them. Crawford did so, with the permission of screenwriter Edith R. Sommer, who was delighted with the new dialogue. See more »


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 »


Gregg Adams: Here's to men. Bless their clean-cut faces and dirty little minds!
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Wedding March
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an underrated film
22 February 2003 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

A classic late 50's film. The superannuated headliners (Joan Crawford and Louis Jordan) are not at their best, but the direction, cinematography, and acting of the younger cast are compelling. In a 50's sense (which I love).

The look and feel of the artsy (over-artsy?) contemporary film "Far from heaven" reflects exactly this sort of film (and I suspect this film may be one of the models). A silly plot, of course (hey, it's 1959!), but as a film-- glorious! As a reflection of the society, extremely interesting. And as witness to how Hollywood breaks away from the idealistic portrayal of American sexual mores, fascinating.

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