Executive Suite

Executive Suite

DVD - 2007
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Includes Annie Oakley, East Side, West Side, Executive Suite, To Please a Lady, Jeopardy and My Reputation.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [c2007].
Edition: Standard version.
ISBN: 9781419851179
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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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. With corruption, adultery, and shady business deals swaying the others’ votes it comes down to heiress Julia Tredway, major stockholder and Bullard’s former mistress, to sway everyone’s opinion one way or the other. But Julia, distraught and suicidal over her lover’s death, wants nothing to do with either man. A well-balanced Wall Street parable in which the death of one millionaire comes to symbolize the death of an era. Throughout the course of the film we learn that Bullard based his career on demanding nothing but the best—-the best workers, best material, best product—-only to switch his focus to shareholder profits in his waning post WWII years; a legacy clearly demonstrated in the cold-hearted office politics which erupt even before his body has grown stiff. And with only one man to oppose this slide into executive greed and worker apathy (a fiery William Holden as Don Walling) the odds seem hopeless. 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.

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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