name = Executive Suite
imdb_id = 0046963
Cameron Hawley(novel), Ernest Lehman
William Holden Barbara Stanwyck Frederic March Walter Pidgeon
released = flagicon|USA
6 May 1954
runtime = 104 min.
language = English
"Executive Suite" is a 1954
MGM drama filmdepicting the transfer of power in a corporation in trouble. The film stars William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, and Walter Pidgeon. It was directed by Robert Wiseand produced by John Housemanfrom a screenplayby Ernest Lehmanbased on the novel of the same name by Cameron Hawley. The cinematography was by George J. Folseyand the costume design by Helen Rose.
It is one of the few Hollywood films with no music whatsoever.
Avery Bullard, president and driving force of the Tredway Corporation, dies at a critical time. Bullard had lost his way in recent years and the furniture manufacturing company had steadily lost ground to the competition. But he had not groomed a successor, so the
board of directorsmust vote for his replacement.
The frontrunner is the ambitious but unimaginative Loren Shaw (Fredric March), a senior executive concerned more with profitability and satisfying the stockholders than rejuvenating the company. He has the backing of the main shareholder, Julia Tredway (Barbara Stanwyck), who had been hopelessly in love with Bullard. In addition, board member George Caswell (Louis Calhern) offers his support in return for certain lucrative considerations.
The only viable alternative is idealistic young engineer Don Walling (William Holden), who isn't even sure he wants the job. He would rather spend his time developing new products and more efficient manufacturing methods, and his wife Mary (June Allyson) is strongly against his giving up that dream to take a new position inside the executive suite.
Walling is supported by company vice president Frederick Alderson (Walter Pidgeon), Bullard's best friend, who sees Walling as the best hope for saving the company but fears he might be a good five years too young for the job. Board member Jesse Grimm (Dean Jagger) is opposed to Walling for reasons of his own while Walt Dudley (Paul Douglas) is being blackmailed by Shaw, having caught him red-handed having an affair.
The machinations, bargaining and maneuvering leading up to the election propel the plot. In the end, Walling's enthusiasm and vision win over Julia Tredway, the others jump on the bandwagon, and he is elected.
William Holdenas McDonald "Don" Walling
Barbara Stanwyckas Julia O. Tredway
Fredric Marchas Loren Phineas Shaw
Walter Pidgeonas Frederick Y. Alderson
Paul Douglasas J. Walter Dudley
Louis Calhernas George Nyle Caswell
Dean Jaggeras Jesse Q. Grimm
June Allysonas Mary Blemond Walling
Nina Fochas Erica Martin
Shelley Wintersas Eva Bardeman
Awards and nominations
The film won the Special Jury Prize at the
Venice Film Festivalfor best ensemble acting for the entire cast.
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