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Patterns (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 26 October 1956 (West Germany)
When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.

Director:

Fielder Cook

Writer:

Rod Serling (original story and screen play)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Fred Staples
Everett Sloane ... Mr. Ramsey
Ed Begley ... Bill Briggs
Beatrice Straight ... Nancy Staples
Elizabeth Wilson ... Marge Fleming
Joanna Roos ... Miss Lanier
Valerie Cossart Valerie Cossart ... Miss Stevens
Eleni Kiamos Eleni Kiamos ... Sylvia Trammel
Ronnie Welsh Ronnie Welsh ... Paul Briggs
Shirley Standlee Shirley Standlee ... Miss Hill
Andrew Duggan ... Mr. Jameson
Jack Livesey ... Mr. Vandeventer (as Jack Livesy)
John Seymour John Seymour ... Mr. Gordon
James Kelly James Kelly ... Mr. Latham
John Shelly John Shelly ... Mr. Grannigan
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Storyline

The story of the fierce and corrosive competition that exists in the executive branch of Ramsey & Co., a New York industrial colossus headed by Walter Ramsey, its cold, designing and ruthless chief. It is the saga, too, of Bill Briggs, his longtime second in command, who is swayed by human as well as technological values. And, it is the case of Fred Staples, a comparatively youthful industrial engineer brought in by Ramsey to succeed Briggs. The younger man's views and sensitivities are essentially the same as Briggs'. People are not merely units, they feel. But it is Ramsey's calculated pattern not to fire his aging aide but to create such untenable conditions that he will be forced to resign. Written by alfiehitchie

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Ruthless Men And Ambitious Women...Clawing For Control Of A Billion Dollar Empire!!! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1956 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El precio del triunfo See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Van Heflin, Ed Begley and Beatrice Straight. See more »

Goofs

The dialog in the final scenes, starting with Staples' conversation with his wife in a coffee shop near his office, indicate the events take place well into the evening. However, the exterior shot linking this scene with Staples' confrontation with Ramsey in the Ramsey & Company building, as well as the exterior shot that follows the confrontation, were both taken in broad daylight. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Ramsey: I'll see you in the morning, Fred. Remember, you didn't steal that promotion. You won it!
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Remake of Kraft Theatre: Patterns (1955) See more »

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Short and Sour View of Office Politics.
18 September 2002 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

This tight, intense little film has been rarely seen in recent years (although the original teleplay on which it is based was a huge hit.) It's impact has been dulled slightly (mostly because it's ideas have been stolen for other countless TV shows and movies), but it's basic story is still as relevant as ever. Heflin is a small town plant manager whose company has been swallowed up by Sloane's conglomerate. Sloane moves him up to the executive level of the conglomerate and sets him up with a beautiful home, a fancy office and a top secretary. Soon, however, Heflin realizes that his promotion may have more to do with leverage against one of Sloane's adversaries, his vice president, Begley. Straight is Heflin's materialistic wife who urges him to succeed no matter what the moral cost. Wilson is Begley's secretary who finds herself torn between personal loyalty and company loyalty. The film is a curt 83 minutes and wisely unpadded with excess subplots. The acting is uniformly strong. Heflin is able to display a wide range of emotion. Begley, often cast as overbearing boors, is able to show a more vulnerable side. Sloane is the one who almost goes over the top. He shouts wildly at the drop of a hat and doesn't allow anyone to finish a sentence. One hopes that his type of management wouldn't be tolerated in today's world, but it very well may be. Wilson comes across very solidly in one of her better screen roles. She's given many quiet moments that display her internal struggle. (She would later put a comedic spin on the whole office thing with her wondrous turn in "9 to 5".) Straight is good, but isn't really a focal point of the story. The film has a dim view of corporate America and the unsettling feelings in the office begin right away. Though the times have changed, this story still holds value today and is an arresting work to watch.


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