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Executive Suite (1954)

Passed | | Drama | 30 April 1954 (USA)
When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Ernest Lehman (screen play), Cameron Hawley (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... McDonald Walling
June Allyson ... Mary Blemond Walling
Barbara Stanwyck ... Julia O. Tredway
Fredric March ... Loren Phineas Shaw
Walter Pidgeon ... Frederick Y. Alderson
Shelley Winters ... Eva Bardeman
Paul Douglas ... Josiah Walter Dudley
Louis Calhern ... George Nyle Caswell
Dean Jagger ... Jesse Q. Grimm
Nina Foch ... Erica Martin
Tim Considine ... Mike Walling
William Phipps ... Bill Lundeen
Lucy Knoch ... Mrs. George Nyle Caswell (as Lucille Knoch)
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Julius Steigel
Mary Adams ... Sara Asenath Grimm
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Storyline

Avery Bullard, President of the Tredway Corporation has died. But he never named a clear successor, so the Board members must choose a replacement. The most likely is Loren Shaw, a skilled businessman, but some of the others don't like his calculating ways. But to stop him, they'll have to find someone else they can back. Will it be the engineer Don Walling? That will take convincing, they don't trust his youth and idealism. And he isn't even sure he wants the job, he might be happier creating rather than politicking. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Taglines:

PLOTTING A DESPERATE STEP! What strange passions could bring this daughter of wealth (Barbara Stanwyck) to the brink of disaster? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando llama el deseo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,383,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The point of view technique used at the beginning of the movie was used by Robert Montgomery in the detective movie Lady in the Lake. See more »

Goofs

Although the film takes place on June 19-20, 1953, when Don and Mary Walling are driving home from the plant the first night, all the cars seen parked along the street in the rear projection through the car's windows date from not later than about 1940. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[pre-opening-credits sequence; views of skyscrapers]
Narrator: It is always up there, close to the clouds, on the topmost floors of the sky-reaching towers of big business. And because it is high in the sky, you may think that those who work there are somehow above and beyond the tensions and temptations of the lower floors. This is to say that it isn't so.
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Connections

Remade as Executive Suite (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Singin' in the Rain
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Hummed by Tim Considine
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Bears watching twice
15 September 2002 | by Miles-10See all my reviews

I recently watched "Executive Suite" for a second time, and I recommend a second look. Watching on video tape, there were very few scenes I wanted to skip over. The striking thing is how well the movie is written, staged and acted. Knowing what was going to happen the second time around, I noticed the little clues in people's body language, actually telegraphing what they are thinking and planning; yet these are not so obvious that I noticed them on my first viewing. This happens all through the movie but especially leading up to and during the climactic board room scene. If you know what to look for, you know exactly how everyone voted on the first ballot--before Frederick March's character jumps to the wrong conclusion. Especially watch the play and interplay of Frederick March, Louis Calhern, Barbara Stanwyk and William Holden. Memorable dialogue includes William Holden's line, "Look, you can't put Millburgh--you can't put Treadway--in the hands of J. Walter Dudley." While the line only means anything in the context of this movie, it has a certain arch resonance because the characters in "Executive Suite" (based on the novel of the same name by Cameron Hawley) have deliberately evocative names: Because "Dudley" sounds like "dud," nothing should ever be put in the hands of anyone with the name J. Walter Dudley. All of the performances are very good. Walter Pidgeon and Nina Foch are understated and consequently under-rated.


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