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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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Cast

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 ... Jane
Lionel Kane ... Paul Landers
Ted Otis ... Dr. Ronnie Wood
... David Savage
... Amanda Farrow
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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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The story of the girls who claw and scratch their way to the top...only to realize too late - there's no wedding ring on their finger! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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9 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Las audaces  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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The scene where Amanda (Joan Crawford) takes a phone call from her lover, who is canceling their date, was written by Crawford herself. She had received her character's lines the day before filming, but felt they would not work, and asked producer Jerry Wald if she could rewrite them. Crawford did so, with the permission of screenwriter Edith Sommer, who was delighted with the new dialogue. See more »

Goofs

When Caroline is in Mike's apartment the New York City skyline is seen in the background. However, it is clear this is a backdrop and only two lights are seen to flicker throughout the whole skyline. See more »

Quotes

Gregg Adams: Here's to men. Bless their clean-cut faces and dirty little minds!
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Followed by The Best of Everything (1970) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played when Caroline is introduced over drinks
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People still the same, decades later
30 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

More equality today, much more, but overall nothing has changed. All the sad, tawdry, pathetic, moving and bitter moments between women and men in the office is just as it is today, less the blatant sexual harassment. Love looking at old pics of nyc and looking in store windows....things seem surprisingly familiar and not dated.


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