Executive Suite

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When Avery Bullard, President of the Tredway Corporation dies, it's discovered that he failed to name a successor. Now, it's up to the board to choose one. The result is a corporate power struggle. While some Board members politic for Loren Shaw, the skilled, if not slick, businessman. In the other corner, those in support of Don Walling duke it out. He's a talented engineer with a love for the corporation's product line. Based on a Cameron Hawley novel, this film the inspiration for a 1970's TV series.


Studio Warner
SKU 205121257
UPC 012569575523
UPC 14 00012569575523
Format DVD
Release Date 10/30/2007
Rating NR
Big Business
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the novel by Cameron Hawley, EXECUTIVE SUITE is one of the first films to deal with the corporate rat race and all its power business and politics. After the sudden death of its president, a giant furniture company's board members battle for control. Surveying the candidates for the executive position is Julia Tredway (Barbara Stanwyck), the daughter of the firm's founder, the mistress of the recently deceased company president, and the company's chief stockholder. The candidates are competitive, particularly Loren Shaw (Fredric March), who is so ruthless in his quest to reach the top that he begins to blackmail Josiah Dudley (Paul Douglas) and George Caswell (Louis Calhern) into supporting him. Perhaps the only candidate not actively campaigning is the more honorable McDonald Walling, who simply wants to live a good home life with his wife and child. The drama of EXECUTIVE SUITE unfolds with witty, provocative dialogue and brilliant cinematic intercutting among the many characters, which gives the film action even within the confines of its corporate-office setting. The film has no music score, only the sounds found in the business world--such as the Wall Street clock chimes. Nominated for several Academy Awards, this tightly directed, riveting, and amusing film is considered one of Robert Wise's masterpieces.
Robert Wise
William Holden
Barbara Stanwyck
Cast & Crew
Barbara Stanwyck - Actor
Cameron Hawley - Based On Novel By
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director
Edward C. Carfagno - Art Director
Ernest Lehman - Screenplay
George J. Folsey - Cinematographer
John Houseman - Producer
Jud Kinberg - Producer
June Allyson - Actor
Ralph E. Winters - Editor
Robert Wise - Director
Walter Pidgeon - Actor
William Holden - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1954
Catalog ID 65755
UPC 00012569575523
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (1955) British Academy Awards, Executive Suite, Best Film from any Source,British Academy Awards, Fredric March, Best Foreign Actor,Oscar, Nina Foch, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Cedric Gibbons, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White,Oscar, George J. Folsey, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White,Oscar, Helen Rose, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Winner (1954) Venice Film Festival, William Holden, et. al., Special Jury Prize
Nominee (1954) Venice Film Festival, Robert Wise, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource Variety
Review This John Houseman production is a real pro job, of a calibre that doesn't come along too often. Cameron Hawley's novel, Executive Suite, was good reading, and Ernest Lehman has fashioned it into screen form as a dramatically interesting motion picture humanizing big business and its upper echelon personalities...Eight scene-stealers vie for the star billing and each is fine, with some standing out over what amounts to standout performances by all concerned in the drama. Certainly Fredric March's characterization of the controller will be remembered among the really sock delineations. So will William Holden's portrayal of the idealistic, but practical, young executive...Also effective as the other stars are Louis Calhern, cynical stockbroker who tries to turn misfortune to personal gain; Barbara Stanwyck, neurotic heiress; Walter Pidgeon, an executive never able to rise above a number two position...The drama is built on the efforts of the several vice-presidents to take over the top position, with most of the conflict in the film version centers on March, as he tries to seize power.
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews The dramatics are riveting...
Doug Pratt, DVDLaser.com ...a super cast...the film's breakthrough view of upper management finagling is still valid.

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