Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
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Fred Staples is the newest executive in a large firm. He strikes up a friendship with Andy Sloane, the Vice President to whom he nominally reports. Staples is good at his job and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Fielder Cook

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Roos Joanna Roos ... Miss Lanier
Jack Arthur Jack Arthur ... Starter
Joy Lafleur Joy Lafleur ... Miss Stevens (as Victoria Ward)
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Ann Evans
Sybil Baker Sybil Baker ... Telephone Operator
Shirley Standlee Shirley Standlee ... Miss Hill
Everett Sloane ... Mr. Ramsie
Richard Kiley ... Fred Staples
June Dayton ... Fran Staples
Elizabeth Wilson ... Marge Fleming
Theodore Newton ... Mr. Gordon
Ed Begley ... Andy Sloane
Jack Livesey ... Mr. Jamieson
Ronnie Welsh Ronnie Welsh ... Paul Sloane
Tom Charles Tom Charles
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Fred Staples is the newest executive in a large firm. He strikes up a friendship with Andy Sloane, the Vice President to whom he nominally reports. Staples is good at his job and the company's hard-nosed president, Walter Ramsey, is pleased with his choice. Staples has a crisis of conscience when Ramsey tells him that he's been recruited to replace Sloane, someone who has devoted his entire life to the company at the expense of his family. Sloane knows what Ramsey is up to but digs in his heels and refuses to quit. Tragedy ensues forcing Staples to make a choice. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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J. Walter Thompson Agency See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to PBS's American Master's series web site, this drama was so popular that it became the first live drama in television history to be broadcast twice due to popularity. The drama was broadcast as both episodes 16 and 20 of season 8. Both broadcasts were done live, not on kinescope, videotape, or film. See more »

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Remade as Der neue Mann (1965) See more »

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6 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

An interesting story about the cutthroat world of big business. I definitely enjoyed the nuances of the script, which seems to be defining heroes and villains at the start but evolves into something more complex. It's not merely anti-corporate soapbox rhetoric. The performances are quite good, including frequent noir actors Everett Sloane, Ed Begley and Richard Kiley. But although I appreciate the skill and effort required to produce these plays as live television, it's not a form that excites me. It all comes off a bit flat, even in the most tense moments.

7 out of 10


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