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Director: Robert Wise     Starring: William Holden Barbara Stanwyck
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Format: DVD
Sku: 205121257
UPC: 012569575523
UPC 14: 00012569575523
Rating: NR
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"Behind the Lighted Tower Windows, the Conflict of Love and Power is Reckless and Daring!"
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.

"The dramatics are riveting...  Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...a super cast...the film's breakthrough view of upper management finagling is still valid.  Doug Pratt,

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/30/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1954
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65755
Video UPC UPC: 00012569575523
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Barbara Stanwyck
Video Cast Info June Allyson
Video Cast Info Walter Pidgeon
Video Cast Info William Holden
Video Cast Info Cameron Hawley - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Cedric Gibbons - Art Director
Video Cast Info Edward C. Carfagno - Art Director
Video Cast Info Ernest Lehman - Screenplay
Video Cast Info George J. Folsey - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Houseman - Producer
Video Cast Info Jud Kinberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Ralph E. Winters - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Wise - Director


Nominee (1955)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Executive Suite, Best Film from any Source
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Fredric March, Best Foreign Actor
   Video Award Name Oscar, Nina Foch, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Cedric Gibbons, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
   Video Award Name Oscar, George J. Folsey, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
   Video Award Name Oscar, Helen Rose, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

Winner (1954)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, William Holden, et. al., Special Jury Prize

Nominee (1954)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Robert Wise, Golden Lion Award

Professional Reviews

Variety 9 of 10
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.
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