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The Best of Everything (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 9 October 1959 (USA)
An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Edith Sommer (screenplay), Mann Rubin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hope Lange ... Caroline Bender
Stephen Boyd ... Mike Rice
Suzy Parker ... Gregg Adams
Martha Hyer ... Barbara Lamont
Diane Baker ... April Morrison
Brian Aherne ... Fred Shalimar
Robert Evans ... Dexter Key
Brett Halsey ... Eddie Harris
Donald Harron ... Sidney Carter
Sue Carson Sue Carson ... Mary Agnes
Linda Hutchings Linda Hutchings ... Jane
Lionel Kane Lionel Kane ... Paul Landers
Ted Otis ... Dr. Ronnie Wood
Louis Jourdan ... David Savage
Joan Crawford ... Amanda Farrow
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Storyline

With her unofficial fiancé Eddie Harris studying in England for a year, Radcliffe educated Caroline Bender decides to get her first ever job as a secretary at Manhattan located Fabian Publishing, which offers its employees "the best of everything". There, she finds her story is somewhat similar to all the other secretaries, who are biding their time in the secretarial pool either before getting married - to a current or future beau - or moving on to their dream job. In the latter category is aspiring actress Gregg Adams, who with fellow secretary, the naive and inexperienced April Morrison, become Caroline's new roommates. Caroline also finds that as a secretary to the editors, she has to learn the special needs and foibles of each. They include the "witch" Amanda Farrow whose demanding exterior masks a truly lonely woman, the aging Lothario Fred Shalimar, and the understanding Mike Rice, whose best friend is a bottle of booze. The path to true happiness for each of Caroline, Gregg ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

"What is there about women like us that men hold us so cheaply!" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las audaces See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film opened in American cinemas more than a month before "Ben Hur" did, but Stephen Boyd did not start work on it until several months after completing his role in the latter film. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Caroline meets Eddie again, she turns toward him and says, "Eddie, I thought I was free of you," yet her mouth does not say all these words. See more »

Quotes

April Morrison: I'm so ashamed. Now I'm just somebody who's had an affair.
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Music by Lionel Newman
Played when Caroline is introduced over drinks
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What Women's Lib was all about!
12 October 2001 | by kmk-3See all my reviews

Meant to be a glossy romance and cautionary tale for girls who dare to think of working Outside The Home, "The Best of Everything" instead is a virtual primer of the root causes of the modern Women's movement: Women (really, girls) can have jobs, but only until they find a man and leave to begin their real lives as homemakers; women are sexual toys, provided to men at work for their amusement; all men are predators and all women are fools; pregnancy is entirely the woman's fault; women who take their jobs seriously are damaged people; women merely exist for the use of men. Sounds like an unremitting screed, and it is -- yet, such is Hollywood's power, the pageant is very watchable (the clothes, the sentimental views of 1959 NYC) and beautiful. A wonderful snapshot of America just a couple of years before "The Feminine Mystique" was published. Must-see for women.


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