The Best of Everything (1959)

Approved  |   |  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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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


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 »


Drama | Romance


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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original score, created by esteemed Hollywood composer Alfred Newman for Twentieth Century-Fox, was the last in an association dating back to The Bowery (1933), two years before 20th Century Pictures amalgamated with Fox. Only one more assignment brought back Mr. Newman to his former home studio: as musical director (with assistant Ken Darby of a mild filming of Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair (1962). Worth noting, Mr. Newman (and associate Charles Henderson)) had netted an Oscar nomination for serving in the same capacity on the appealing 1945 version. See more »


A huge palm tree is visible during a company picnic supposedly set on an estate near New York City - a botanical impossibility. See more »


Amanda Farrow: When you finish the slush files, then you may go. But I want my comments on each.
Caroline Bender: Typed?
Amanda Farrow: No Miss Bender. Beat it out on a native drum.
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Referenced in Working Girl (1988) See more »


The Best of Everything
Music by Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Johnny Mathis during the opening credits
Also sung by a chorus at the end
Played often in the score
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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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