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Room at the Top (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 January 1959 (UK)
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An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

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Jack Clayton

Writers:

Neil Paterson (screenplay), John Braine (adapted from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Signoret ... Alice Aisgill
Laurence Harvey ... Joe Lampton
Heather Sears ... Susan Brown
Donald Wolfit ... Mr. Brown
Donald Houston ... Charles Soames
Hermione Baddeley ... Elspeth
Allan Cuthbertson ... George Aisgill
Raymond Huntley ... Mr. Hoylake
John Westbrook John Westbrook ... Jack Wales
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Mrs. Brown
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ... Teddy
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Aunt
Delena Kidd Delena Kidd ... Eva
Ian Hendry ... Cyril
April Olrich April Olrich ... Mavis
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Storyline

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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A Savage Story of lust and ambition See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg nach oben See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£280,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,400,000, 31 December 1959
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Romulus Films, Remus See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This was essentially the first British film to openly depict adultery and suggest that sex was an enjoyable act. Naturally, this landed it in hot water with the censors, who initially refused to give it a release certificate. It eventually acquired an "X" certificate and went on to become a major box-office success, opening the floodgates for more adult fare. See more »

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When Joe drives past the Browns' house for the first time, the cars parked in front are obviously cardboard cutouts. See more »

Quotes

[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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References A Place in the Sun (1951) See more »

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Roses from the South
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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Talky but fascinating, depressing
9 January 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) is a young English man who wants to get ahead in life--quickly. He falls in love with a married, older (by 10 years) French woman named Alice (Simeone Signoret), but realizes he can only get ahead by marring the boss' daughter Susan (Heather Sears). What can he do? This was considered very strong stuff in its day. There is swearing, frank sex talk, pre-marital sex and adultery. The film is a bit slow, but is almost always interesting. The direction is assured and some of the shots are fascinating (Freddie Francis was the director of photography--no shock here--he was always great). The acting is simply great, especially Signoret (who is heartbreaking) and Harvey. Harvey is handsome, sexual, evil, romantic...all rolled into one. He's just incredible. Worth seeing, but be warned...it is depressing.


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