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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.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Edith Sommer (screenplay), Mann Rubin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hope Lange ... Caroline Bender
Stephen Boyd ... Mike Rice
Suzy Parker ... Gregg Adams
Martha Hyer ... Barbara Lamont
Diane Baker ... April Morrison
Brian Aherne ... Fred Shalimar
Robert Evans ... Dexter Key
Brett Halsey ... Eddie Harris
Donald Harron ... Sidney Carter
Sue Carson Sue Carson ... Mary Agnes
Linda Hutchings ... Jane
Lionel Kane Lionel Kane ... Paul Landers
Ted Otis ... Dr. Ronnie Wood
Louis Jourdan ... David Savage
Joan Crawford ... 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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Taglines:

Find yourself another man! - I'm throwing you out - and leave the key! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Joan Crawford, then on the board of directors of Pepsi, managed to swing a brief quasi product plug for the soft drink by having an unmistakable Pepsi machine (with the red, white, and blue Pepsi logo, but sans the word "Pepsi") installed in the secretaries' on-screen break room. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Hope Lange tells Diane Baker "he's ten foot tall to me" while walking down the street, several people... two men and two young boys... look into the camera, smiling (they were obviously filming with a camera hidden in a car during these scenes as those people weren't extras). See more »

Quotes

Caroline Bender: What is it about women like us that make you hold us so cheaply? Aren't we the special ones from the best homes and the best colleges? I know the world outside isn't full of rainbows and happy endings, but to you, aren't we even decent?
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Played when the bouquet is thrown
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What Is Best For Everyone?
14 January 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Best of Everything is a high gloss large screen soap opera which follows the careers of four career women, Hope Lange, Suzy Parker, Diane Baker, and Martha Hyer at a New York publishing firm. What's the best for some women is not necessarily the best for all.

Presiding over this group of young fillies is wise old mare Joan Crawford who's been around the track a few times on screen and in real life. She looks right at home as the boss lady as well she should have at this point.

Around the time she was making The Best of Everything Joan Crawford became a widow when her fourth husband, Alfred Steele died. It was a particularly traumatic event for her, she woke up one morning and found him dead in bed next to her. She inherited all of his stock in Pepsi Cola where he was the board chairman and during the same period as The Best of Everything was being made, she wound up the queen bee at Pepsi Cola. Life does sometimes imitate art. So that authority as she barks out dictation and coffee orders to Hope Lange rings real true.

In fact all the women here with the exception of Lange are in for some rough sledding. It's rough for Lange too, but she literally makes the best of everything.

What a collection of stinkers the men are in this film. The best of them, Stephen Boyd, is a heavy drinker. The others Louis Jourdan, Robert Evans, and Brett Halsey, are as slimy a collection of rodents as ever gathered for one film.

I can't forget Brian Aherne either who's the fanny pinching head of this publishing firm. Half that office would have sexual harassment suits going today.

Some nice location shots of New York in the fifties make the film a real treat. Catch it by all means.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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