The Best of Everything
Action / Drama / Romance
The Best of Everything
Action / Drama / Romance
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 ...
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A perennial favorite that is always enjoyable to view.
I first saw this film in 1959 at the Hoyts Double Bay cinema in Sydney
when fifteen years old. I loved it then and still do. The ensemble cast
is great - in those days the actors acted "naturally" and you "felt"
for them in the respective roles. A "glossy" film of the period -the
relationships therein still relevant to today's world but now the sexes
are on the same level, women would not or should not allow the type of
treatment displayed in the past. The soundtrack music is wonderful and
it is a delight that Film Score Monthly released the CD in January,
2005. Pity scenes were cut prior to release - even at two hours you
want more! I have registered with Amazon for the DVD (they do now have
a special page). To view this film in CinemaScope after forty six years
of pan and scan will be great. Twentieth Century Fox, please look
further into your catalogers of fifties CinemaScope productions for DVD
- there IS a large market out there. I await arrival from US of March,
2004 Vanity Fair Special article on the film, which is said to be
fifteen pages with many photos on set. Cheers.
I feel very strongly that this film was just like Waiting to Exhale with
white females in the 1950's. As in Waiting to Exhale, all of the female
characters got mixed up with men who were either married or no good. The
only difference, besides the obvious, was that there wasn't much humor in
this film. I would even say that it was tragic. Only one of the male
characters seemed to be kind and sincere (Hope Lange's guy), but even then
there was conflict in this relationship.
The story was about three young women who shared an apartment together and
who had hopes and dreams of success. Unfortunately for them, romance
seem to come easy although they were young, intelligent and attractive.
movie could be called a tearjerker with the saddest part involving Suzy
Parker's character whose obsession of an ex-boyfriend leads to
This is a must see.
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A Hedonistic, Though Flawed, Delight
The Best of Everything is a high gloss large screen soap opera which
follows the careers of four career women, Hope Lange, Suzy Parker,
Diane Baker, and Martha Hyer at a New York publishing firm. What's the
best for some women is not necessarily the best for all.
Presiding over this group of young fillies is wise old mare Joan
Crawford who's been around the track a few times on screen and in real
life. She looks right at home as the boss lady as well she should have
at this point.
Around the time she was making The Best of Everything Joan Crawford
became a widow when her fourth husband, Alfred Steele died. It was a
particularly traumatic event for her, she woke up one morning and found
him dead in bed next to her. She inherited all of his stock in Pepsi
Cola where he was the board chairman and during the same period as The
Best of Everything was being made, she wound up the queen bee at Pepsi
Cola. Life does sometimes imitate art. So that authority as she barks
out dictation and coffee orders to Hope Lange rings real true.
In fact all the women here with the exception of Lange are in for some
rough sledding. It's rough for Lange too, but she literally makes the
best of everything.
What a collection of stinkers the men are in this film. The best of
them, Stephen Boyd, is a heavy drinker. The others Louis Jourdan,
Robert Evans, and Brett Halsey, are as slimy a collection of rodents as
ever gathered for one film.
I can't forget Brian Aherne either who's the fanny pinching head of
this publishing firm. Half that office would have sexual harassment
suits going today.
Some nice location shots of New York in the fifties make the film a
real treat. Catch it by all means.