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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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Sidney Carter
Sue Carson ...
Mary Agnes
Linda Hutchings ...
Jane
Lionel Kane ...
Paul Landers
Ted Otis ...
Dr. Ronnie Wood
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David Savage
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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:

Mujeres frente al amor  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The movie includes several references to other Twentieth Century Fox productions of the era: the paperback book rack seen in many scenes features a movie tie-in edition of The Diary of Anne Frank with Millie Perkins on the cover and at one point the editor mentions the upcoming soft cover version of Sons And Lovers, the movie version of which was produced by Jerry Wald and released in 1960. Perhaps not coincidentally, Diane Baker co-stars in "Anne Frank" as well as this film. 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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Connections

Referenced in Battle-Axe: The Making of 'Strait-Jacket' (2002) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played when Caroline is introduced over drinks
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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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