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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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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 »


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