Executive Suite (1954)


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Cameron Hawley's novel Executive Suite appeared around the same time as two other tales of big-business intrigue, the 1954 film A Woman's World and the 1955 Rod Serling teleplay Patterns. Elements of all three properties inevitably overlap. In Executive Suite, a furniture-store executive dies suddenly, resulting in a power play between five of his vice presidents. Julia O. Tredway (Barbara Stanwyck), daughter of the company founder and mistress of the president, must choose between solid family … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest Lehman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2007
MGM Home Entertainment


as McDonald Walling

as Mary Blemond Walling

as Julia Tredway

as Loren Phineas Shaw

as Frederick Y. Alderso...

as Eva Bardeman

as Josiah Walter Dudley

as George Nyle Caswell

as Jesse W. Grimm

as Erica Martin

as Mike Walling

as Bill Lundeen

as Mrs. George Nyle Cas...

as Sara Asenath Grimm

as Edith Alderson

as Julius Steigel

as Ed Benedeck

as Luigi Cassoni

as Morgue Official

as Western Union Operat...

as Mailroom Boy

as Alderson's Secretary

as Salesman

as Grimm's Secretary

as Morgue Official

as News Dealer

as News Dealer

as Cab Driver

as Stork Club Hatcheck ...

as Telephone Operator

as Stork Club Waiter

as Enrique, Stork Club ...

as Avery Bullard

as Lee Ormond

as Reporter

as Airport Clerk

as Spectator at Ball Ga...

as Toll Station Attenda...

as Servant

as Worker

as Liz, Old Woman

as Sam Teal

as Miss Clark

as Umpire

as Shaw's Secretary

as Narrator/Tredway

as Jimmy Farrell

as Wailing Housekeeper

as City Editor

as Reporter

as Bit Role

as Bit Role

as Bit Role

as Bit Role

as Sara Asenath Grimm

as Lee Ormond
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Critic Reviews for Executive Suite

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | September 3, 2008
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 29, 2012

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

Full Review… | November 19, 2007
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Executive Suite

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

Aj V

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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