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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
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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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 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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People still the same, decades later
30 May 2003 | by (b'ville nj) – See all my reviews

More equality today, much more, but overall nothing has changed. All the sad, tawdry, pathetic, moving and bitter moments between women and men in the office is just as it is today, less the blatant sexual harassment. Love looking at old pics of nyc and looking in store windows....things seem surprisingly familiar and not dated.

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