Executive Suite

Executive Suite

DVD - 2007
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The president of a furniture company suddenly dies, leaving seven board members locked in a power struggle.

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Derringer
Mar 02, 2019

For a 1954 drama - "Executive Suite" (filmed in b&w) was actually quite an entertaining picture.

But, you can be sure - Without its all-star cast and its "ace" director, Robert Wise at the helm - "Executive Suite" probably wouldn't have been half as good as it inevitably was.

This film's story revolves around ruthless office politics and what happens when Tredway Corporation's president suddenly drops dead and the company's 7, top executives vie to take over his position.

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ManMachine
Feb 16, 2019

Personally speaking - If it hadn't been for the deft directorial skills of ace, American filmmaker, Robert Wise - "Executive Suite" (from 1954) would've most likely ended up being an unbearably tedious flop.

Featuring an all-star cast (headlined by William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck) "Executive Suite" was a decidedly slick tale about office/bedroom politics where egos and ambitions clashed, head-on, into an "every-man-for-himself" power struggle.

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2014

When Avery Bullard, the autocratic CEO of a Fortune 500 company drops dead without having named a Vice President a power void quickly develops within the executive ranks as each man jostles for his shot at the Big Chair. The playing field is ultimately narrowed to two men: Loren Shaw, who represents the new business model of putting dividends ahead of innovation; and Don Walling, an old-fashioned idealist who believes net profits must take a back seat to corporate pride and quality workmanship. A truly star-studded cast put in excellent performances and director Robert Wise’s decision not to tack on a musical score results in a film filled with sharp edges and heavy silences. Finally, a few brilliant touches add a sense of dramatic irony to the film’s fable-like quality: a boardroom wall of stained glass windows suddenly resembles a cathedral apse as Walling delivers an impassioned speech on corporate noblesse oblige to his fellow execs, and a nearby clock tower resounds with a funereal peal at crucial points throughout the film. Perhaps Executive Suite’s sermon on hope and industrial honour falls on deaf ears in today’s “Made in China” society, but it nevertheless remains one of Hollywood’s better tributes to the American Can-Do! ethos.

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garycornell
Sep 02, 2014

We blew a hole in the wall of the KCLS web site and found the biggest buried treasure ever found in the catalog. No one has commented on this great 1954 movie titled "Executive Suite". It has a cast to die for. Lets start with William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Shelly Winters, Louis Calhern, Dean Jagger, and Nina Foch. The director is the famed Robert Wise who would go on to film such classics as "The Sound of Music". Writer, director and in this case producer John Houseman oversaw every detail. Every cast member has a "meaty" role and they all shine. I could go over the plot, but it would ruin your enjoyment of the movie. It has been 60 years since the movie was made and it still all could happen today. I love a story like that. Please let me know your reaction to the movie. "Executive Suite" has gone neglected long enough!

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