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Room at the Top (1959)

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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Charles Soames
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George Aisgill
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Mr. Hoylake
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Jack Wales
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Mrs. Brown
Richard Pasco ...
Teddy
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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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22 January 1959 (UK)  »

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Der Weg nach oben  »

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£280,000 (estimated)
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With her Oscar win, Simone Signoret became the second French actress to win the Academy Award (Claudette Colbert was the first in 1934). 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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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Notable for many reasons but mostly for Simone Signoret's astonishing performance.
6 July 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Jack Clayton directed two masterpieces: The Innocents, Truman Capote's adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of The Screw, and Room at the Top, based on the novel by John Braine. The story of a young man on the make in postwar Britain is compelling. The black and white cinematography is silken. But what you will remember most is Simone Signoret's heartwrenching performance as a mature woman rendered helpless by her love for the opportunistic character played by Laurence Harvey.


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