Executive Suite

1954 | Drama | 104 minutes | English

Info
 When Avery Bullard, president of  Tredway Corporation, a major furniture manufacturing company, suddenly dies from a heart attack, it sets off a scramble which of a handful of vice presidents will succeed him. Holding power is Julia Tredway, Avery’s widow and a major stockholder. At first it looks like Loren Shaw, the numbers-man has the edge. Opposing him are Frederick Alderson, Bullard’s right-hand assistant, and Don Walling, a young and talented furniture designer. Also in the running are Walter Dudley, head of sales,  Jesse Grimm, the production manager, and George Caswel, the corporate lawyer. Avery Bullard died on a Friday; the company has the weekend to decide his successor before the market opens on Monday. The decision will hang on Julia Tredway’s vote.  
Cast

William Holden (McDonald “Don” Walling) / Barbra Stanwyck (Julia O. Tredway) / Walter Pidgeon (Frederick Alderson) / Dean Jagger (Jesse Grimm) / Paul Douglas (Walter Dudley) / Louis Calhern (George Caswell)

Why Stream This Film?
It’s hard to believe that Robert Wise, who directed such epic musicals as West Side Story and The Sound of Music could direct this gem about corporate infighting. But, he did, big time!
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nina Foch); Best Cinematography, Black and White (George J. Folsey)
  • BAFTA Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Actor (Fredric March)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Supporting Actress (Nina Foch)
  • The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
EXECUTIVE SUITE is a magnificent motion picture that meets the standard of greatness on almost every count. The film holds the viewer from the opening scene building absorbingly to a smashing climax. It is one of the outstanding pictures of recent years.
Milton Luban

The Hollywood Reporter

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.

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