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Patterns (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 26 October 1956 (West Germany)
When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.

Director:

Fielder Cook

Writer:

Rod Serling (original story and screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Fred Staples
Everett Sloane ... Mr. Ramsey
Ed Begley ... Bill Briggs
Beatrice Straight ... Nancy Staples
Elizabeth Wilson ... Marge Fleming
Joanna Roos Joanna Roos ... Miss Lanier
Valerie Cossart Valerie Cossart ... Miss Stevens
Eleni Kiamos Eleni Kiamos ... Sylvia Trammel
Ronnie Welsh Ronnie Welsh ... Paul Briggs
Shirley Standlee Shirley Standlee ... Miss Hill
Andrew Duggan ... Mr. Jameson
Jack Livesey ... Mr. Vandeventer (as Jack Livesy)
John Seymour John Seymour ... Mr. Gordon
James Kelly James Kelly ... Mr. Latham
John Shelly John Shelly ... Mr. Grannigan
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Storyline

The story of the fierce and corrosive competition that exists in the executive branch of Ramsey & Co., a New York industrial colossus headed by Walter Ramsey, its cold, designing and ruthless chief. It is the saga, too, of Bill Briggs, his longtime second in command, who is swayed by human as well as technological values. And, it is the case of Fred Staples, a comparatively youthful industrial engineer brought in by Ramsey to succeed Briggs. The younger man's views and sensitivities are essentially the same as Briggs'. People are not merely units, they feel. But it is Ramsey's calculated pattern not to fire his aging aide but to create such untenable conditions that he will be forced to resign. Written by alfiehitchie

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Love that defied lust, greed, ambition! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1956 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El precio del triunfo See more »

Filming Locations:

120 Broadway, NY, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jed Harris,Michael Myerberg See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The report that Briggs is leafing through consists of script pages. See more »

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The dialog in the final scenes, starting with Staples' conversation with his wife in a coffee shop near his office, indicate the events take place well into the evening. However, the exterior shot linking this scene with Staples' confrontation with Ramsey in the Ramsey & Company building, as well as the exterior shot that follows the confrontation, were both taken in broad daylight. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Ramsey: Name your terms. All terms are negotiable.
Fred Staples: I don't think so. Not mine.
Mr. Ramsey: All right. I'd just as soon not waste any time doing trading. As of now, your salary is doubled. Your stock option is doubled right down the line. Your expense account is whatever you make it. Add to that a new title, vice president.
Fred Staples: I want a lot more than that. You're not going to take me on as just another vice president you can push around. You take me as someone who hates you down to the bare nerve. Nothing in the world ...
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Remake of Kraft Theatre: Patterns (1955) See more »

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Rod Serling's landmark teleplay still speaks truth to power today.
25 June 2004 | by kingdaevidSee all my reviews

...Rod Serling is recalled today almost exclusively for his speculative fiction television series "The Twilight Zone" and "Rod Serling's Night Gallery." Perhaps that's understandable, given the out-of-sight-out-of-mind nature of today's audiences, and the fact that the generation Serling first impressed with this lean but powerful work in 1955 on the "Kraft Television Theater" is now well into the process of dying out. Still, the kinetic nature of PATTERNS, either in this theatrical film or in the kinescoped original TV broadcast, is not lost on today's first-time viewers. It helped that two of the three leads in this picture, Everett Sloan and Ed Begley, were carried over from the TV productions (Richard Kiley was replaced in this film by Van Heflin, giving perhaps his single greatest performance). But Serling's screenplay has not lost one bit of its relevance; in fact, I'm surprised nobody's thought of remaking this one...


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