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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
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Mary Agnes
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Jane
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Paul Landers
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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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THESE ARE THE GIRLS who want the best of everything... but often settle for a lot less! 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

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

Quotes

Gregg Adams: Here's to men. Bless their clean-cut faces and dirty little minds!
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Connections

Referenced in Atomic Recall (2007) See more »

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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