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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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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 Female Jungle EXPOSED! 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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Trivia

Joan Crawford, then on the board of directors of Pepsi, managed to swing a brief quasi product plug for the soft drink by having an unmistakable Pepsi machine (sans logo) installed in the secretaries' on-screen break room. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Caroline meets Eddie again, she turns toward him and says, "Eddie, I thought I was free of you," yet her mouth does not say all these words. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Farrow: Now you and your rabbit-faced wife can both go to hell!
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Soundtracks

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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Sex and the City - 1950's style.
5 June 2008 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

A hugely enjoyable screen version of Rona Jaffe's best-selling pot-boiler about the trials and tribulations, (and, naturally, the loves), of a group of women involved in one way or another in the New York publishing business. Directed by Jean Negulesco, fairly fresh from the success of "Three Coins in a Fountain", and the prototype for the likes of "Sex and the City", except that here the sex all takes place off-screen.

The bright young female talents of the day, (Hope Lange, Diane Baker, Suzy Parker, Martha Hyer), are all nicely cast while Joan Crawford pops up as a Queen Bitch of an editor who could probably eat Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestly and spit her out; with absolutely no effort at all she steals the movie. The men include Stephen Boyd, Louis Jourdan, (if it wasn't Rossano Brazzi it had to be Louis Jourdan), Robert Evans, (before he decided, wisely, to go behind the camera) and Brian Aherne. There are more suds on display than you will find in your average launderette but if, like me, you enjoy "Desperate Housewives", not to mention Carrie Bradshaw and company then you will probably love this. A very guilty pleasure.


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