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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 Motion Picture So Frankly Physical...So Boldly Unashamed...We Recommend It to Adult Audiences Only! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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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Production Co:

Romulus Films, Remus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Released in the same year as Anatomy of a Murder (1959), an American film that also challenged censors with its sexually explicit content. It was a major box-office success, too, and went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. See more »

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The story takes place in 1947, but all the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly in the contemporary 1958 mode, when the film went before the cameras. See more »

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Mr. Brown: Don't worry about the way the world's run, lad. Enjoy it while you're young.
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The Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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Room at the Top is the finest film I have ever seen.
22 June 2004 | by lovernaSee all my reviews

Simone Signoret is the epitome of sexy, womanly vulnerability, and Lawrence Harvey is superb as the money/status seeking blue collar worker willing to do whatever it takes to climb the ladder to success but oh, at what a cost. Heather Sears plays an under-appreciated role as the naive young rich girl who can't understand what Joe Lampton (Harvey) sees in such an "old woman" as Alice Aisgill(Signoret). Each character is fully fleshed out, from the fellow at work and his fiancé June, who befriend Harvey and invite him to the drama group where he meets Signoret, to Heather's parents. Her mother in particular presents a perfect display of class meeting crass in her oh so proper and oh so cold behavior to Harvey. The supporting cast all offer stellar performances. I have seen this film 17 times and will no doubt see it many more times,if I am lucky.


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