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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.

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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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Ruthless Men And Ambitious Women...Clawing For Control Of A Billion Dollar Empire!!! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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

Ed Begley and Edward Binns later appeared in 12 Angry Men (1957). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Nancy Staples: [dropping Fred off at work] Now I know what a mother feels when her child goes to school for the first time.
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I reserve the right to break your jaw.
9 February 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Patterns centres around the fierce and dog eat dog world of an executive conglomerate company. Written by Rod Serling {he of The Twilight Zone fame} and based on his own play, it's a stunning picture that relies {and succeeds} on spiky dialogue and a trio of superlative acting performances. Not containing any music at all and filmed primarily within the confines of an interior story, Serling and his on form director, Fielder Cook, have crafted probably the essential picture dealing with the harsh and at times brutal realities of big business ladder climbing.

Everett Sloane, Ed Begley and Van Heflin really provide the viewers with an acting tour de force. Sloane as the big boss Walter Ramsey, creates a strutting despotic character that is as memorable as it is harsh, here's a man who wont "pattern" a sacking of an employee, he would rather break him into resignation!, a totally vile and cruel "pattern" tactic. Begley {superbly playing weary emotion} plays the genial and honest William Briggs, who upon welcoming Van Heflin's Fred Staples to the company, realises it's likely to be at his own cost, this giving the film a deep emotional "pattern" as Staples {Heflin to me, donning a career high} gets conflicted about his role in this company, this leads us to a truly excellent finale as Heflin and Sloane go at each other with a gripping intensity that many modern actors could do no worse than to take note of, it really is something.

A fabulous movie that comes highly recommended to anyone who appreciates dialogue driven films with intelligence pouring from every frame. 9/10


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