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Executive Suite (1954)


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Release Date: Apr 15, 1954 Wide



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Cameron Hawley's novel of corporate in-fighting and gamesmanship was brought to the screen by producer John Houseman and director Robert Wise, working successfully in the slickest MGM style. When Avery Bullard, the hard-charging president of Tredway, the third-largest furniture maker in the United States, dies suddenly at the end of a business week, it sets off a scramble among the surviving vice presidents to see which of them will succeed him. Among the latter, the best positioned to take the


Drama, Classics

Ernest Lehman

Oct 30, 2007

MGM Home Entertainment

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A slick, quintessential 1950s melodrama, about intrigues and leadership in the business world, well acted by an all-star cast: William Holden, Barabara Stanwyck, Fredric March, June Allyson.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

...still manages to hold up reasonably well after more than fifty years. (Barbara Stanwyck Signature Collection)

November 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The dramatics are riveting, though it's all superficial.

April 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Glossy, star packed drama with Holden in top form.

June 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for Executive Suite

A great movie about corporate competition, and with great actors too.
November 7, 2010

Super Reviewer

Very good 50's corporate drama. Top cast all give fine perfomances. Holden and June Allyson are well matched and Barbara gives her all in her few scenes.
April 15, 2010
jay nixon

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When Executive Suite started and the credits rolled off the names that made up the powerhouse cast (finishing with directing credit going to the late, great Robert Wise) I thought I was in for a greatly underrated and overlooked classic. When the end credits rolled I by no stretch of the imagination felt the same way. The first half hour to 45 minutes of Executive Suite started off strong enough but eventually turned into an instructional video about how to helm a hostile takeover. The cast was good enough even if there wasn't nearly enough Barbara Stanwyck. Not enough of my interest was held for me to get the details but by the time William Holden delivered that Rynd-esque speech at the end I didn't really care enough to recommend this movie. But then again my DVR cut off at the very end.
January 28, 2009

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McDonald Walling: If you want to stab a dead man, why don't you do it yourself, instead of having someone else do it for you? Julia O. Treadway: Get out of here. McDonald Walling: Go on, sell out! Smash everything he lived for. That's what you want to do, isn't it? Pay him back for loving the company more than he could love you? Julia O. Treadway: Will you get out of here! When John Houseman serves as the producer of a film, I most assuredly sit up and pay attention. Houseman's acumen as a producer, as a director, as a production assistant to the likes of Orson Welles on Citizen Kane, and even more visibly as a stage and screen actor on projects such as The Paper Chase, is extremely keen. Okay, so there are some poor moments in this film. The one clinch-and-break scene quoted at the top here is a prime example. Overall, however, William Holden's acting lifts this cunning portrait of corporate business mentality to a whole new higher plane. What do you think? On the heels of having watched Stalag 17 for the umpteenth time last week, a role for which Holden was nominated for Best Actor, I have to say that, in my first viewing of Executive Suite, he's even better here. You watch this and you know why he rose to the top of the Hollywood acting food chain. Contrast the very wooden moment cited above with his dressing down of the Treadway board of directors scene just before the movie ends, and you will see Mr. Holden on absolute acting fire. And in the scene immediately following, you'll watch Barbara Stanwyck absolutely dominate the landscape in a face-to-face with June Allyson. It's as if you're watching a split screen of two different movies. Stanwyck stands out in full 3-D relief; Allyson is almost a paper silhouette, a kind of Javanese shadow puppet by comparison. Additionally, Fredric March and Shelley Winters prove why they went as far as they did in the acting business. What a wonderful, if uneven, film. Mr. Houseman, you are truly missed. Gotta add William Holden to my all-time favorite actors list pronto : )
December 5, 2007

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