The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything

Director: Jean Negulesco Cast: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker


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A star-studded cast enlivens this glossy '50s soap opera, based on a novel by Rona Jaffe. The action unfolds at the Gotham-based Fabian Publishing, where numerous women work as typists under the aegis of power-wielding, shark-like editor Amanda Farrow (Joan Crawford). Farrow has achieved wealth and success, but is far from idolized by her underlings, who understand clearly that their boss has chalked up all of her accomplishments at the expense of a satisfying personal life. Caroline Bender (Hope Lange) is a recent graduate of a prestigious women's college whose sole desire in life is to marry her college sweetheart Eddie (Brett Halsey; she admits openly that she cares little for power, ambition or career advancement. She gets a job in the secretarial pool of Fabian Publishing and soon takes an apartment with some female co-workers. Caroline quickly realizes that she has a catbird seat to witness the romantic entanglements and office politics of Fabian's many female employees. Farrow is having an affair with a mysterious married man, and Caroline's roommates have tales of their own to tell: April (Diane Baker) has become pregnant by the unscrupulous Dexter (Robert Evans), who suggests she have an abortion; and Gregg (Suzy Parker) has become involved with smooth-talking Broadway director David Wilder Savage (Louis Jourdan), not the most faithful man in the world. Robert Evans's career as an actor came to an end after this film, and he later enjoyed success as a studio head at Paramount Pictures in the 1970s, supervising The Godfather, and serving as producer of such films as Chinatown and Marathon Man.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/1995
UPC: 0086162136139
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hope Lange Caroline Bender
Stephen Boyd Mike
Suzy Parker Gregg
Martha Hyer Barbara
Diane Baker April
Brian Aherne Mr. Shalimar
Joan Crawford Amanda Farrow
Robert Evans Dexter Key
Brett Halsey Eddie
Donald Harron Sidney Carter
Sue Carson Mary Agnes
Linda Hutchings Jane
Lionel Kane Paul
Ted Otis Ronnie Wood
Louis Jourdan David Savage
Alena Murray Girl in Typing Pool
Rachel Stephens Girl in Typing Pool
Julie Payne Girls in Typing Pool
David Hoffman Joe
Theodora Davitt Margo Stewart

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Songwriter
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Mann Rubin Screenwriter
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Edith R. Sommer Screenwriter
Jerry Wald Producer

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