Room at the Top (1959)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  22 January 1959 (UK)
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An ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Sears ...
Charles Soames
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Raymond Huntley ...
John Westbrook ...
Ambrosine Phillpotts ...
Richard Pasco ...
Beatrice Varley ...
Delena Kidd ...
April Olrich ...


The English factory town is dreary but Joe Lampton has landed a job with a future. To have something to do at night he joins a theatrical group. His boss's daughter Susan is playing ingenue roles on stage and in real life. She is attracted to Joe and Joe thinks about how much faster he will get ahead if he is the boss's son-in-law. This plan is complicated by his strong desire to be with an older woman who also belongs to the theatrical group. She is French and unhappily married. Joe believes he can get away with seeing both women. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess,com>

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Release Date:

22 January 1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Der Weg nach oben  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Initially no British cinema chains wanted to touch the film as the British Board of Film Classification had given it an X certificate, then usually synonymous with exploitation fare. Eventually the ABC chain took a chance and picked it up for distribution, scoring a huge critical and commercial hit in the process. See more »


The story takes place in 1947, but all the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly in the contemporary 1958 mode, when the film went before the cameras. See more »


[last lines]
Susan Brown: Joe, wasn't it absolutely the most wonderful wedding? Now we really belong to each other, till death us do part. Darling, you're crying! I believe you really are sentimental after all.
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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a heartwrenching movie
7 February 2000 | by (Dundas, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film. The human traits of ambition and greed are played out wonderfully by the well selected cast. Harvey is his usual dour self and the industrial settings of urban England add to the melancholy mood of the film. He is so good as the misguided protagonist that you end up supporting his machinations. For me it seemed to reflect the constant battle between the classes, and the value of merit and truth in life.

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