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Executive Suite

104 min
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Robert Wise
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1954-09-09
Filming Locations: Long Beach Airport - 4101 E. Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach, California, USA
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Executive Suite
William Holden
McDonald Walling
June Allyson
Mary Blemond Walling
Fredric March
Loren Phineas Shaw
Walter Pidgeon
Frederick Y. Alderson
Shelley Winters
Eva Bardeman
Paul Douglas
Josiah Walter Dudley
Louis Calhern
George Nyle Caswell
Dean Jagger
Jesse Q. Grimm
Tim Considine
Mike Walling
William Phipps
Bill Lundeen
Lucy Knoch
Mrs. George Nyle Caswell
Edgar Stehli
Julius Steigel
Mary Adams
Sara Asenath Grimm
Virginia Brissac
Edith Alderson
Harry Shannon
Ed Benedeck
John Banner
Henri (Stork Club Maître D') (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth
Guest (uncredited)
Hugh Boswell
Guest (uncredited)
Willis Bouchey
Detective (uncredited)
Helen Brown
Miss Clark (uncredited)
Paul Bryar
Stork Club Waiter (uncredited)
Hamilton Camp
Mailroom Boy (uncredited)
Robert Carson
Lee Ormand (uncredited)
Phil Chambers
Toll Booth Attendant (uncredited)
Gene Coogan
Bit Role (uncredited)
Jonathan Cott
Officer Canady (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis
Maid (uncredited)
Bert Davidson
Salesman (uncredited)
Helen Dickson
Guest (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch
Cab Driver (uncredited)
John Doucette
Detective (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle
Stork Club Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Darren Dublin
Bit Role (uncredited)
Virginia Eiler
Western Union Operator (uncredited)
Roy Engel
Jimmy Farrell (uncredited)
Bess Flowers
Woman at Alderson Home (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman
Avery Bullard (uncredited)
Jack Gargan
Bit Role (uncredited)
Faith Geer
Stork Club Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant
Salesman (uncredited)
John Hedloe
Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson
Nurse (uncredited)
Chet Huntley
Narrator / Voice of Tredway (uncredited)
Mike Lally
Spectator at Game (uncredited)
Richard Landry
Worker (uncredited)
Kay Mansfield
Alderson's Secretary (uncredited)
May McAvoy
Grimm's Secretary (uncredited)
Tom McDonough
Factory Worker (uncredited)
John McKee
Umpire (uncredited)
David McMahon
Reporter (uncredited)
Esther Michelson
Candy Store Lady (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery
Reporter (uncredited)
Matt Moore
Servant (uncredited)
Burt Mustin
Sam Teal (uncredited)
Maidie Norman
Housekeeper (uncredited)
Kasia Orzazewski
Liz (uncredited)
Dan Riss
City Editor (uncredited)
Carl Saxe
Worker (uncredited)
Gus Schilling
Newsstand Vendor (uncredited)
Jerry Sheldon
Bit Role (uncredited)
George Sherwood
Bit Role (uncredited)
Bernice Simmons
Guest (uncredited)
Ann Tyrrell
Miss Nordley (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim
Luigi Cassoni (uncredited)
Wilson Wood
Airport Clerk (uncredited)
Did you know?
In addition to the Tredway Corporation headquarters building seen in exterior shots being the Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) building in Allentown, Pennsylvania, additional evidence that the fictional community of "Millburgh, PA" is patterned after Allentown is that it was also the only city in Pennsylvania other than Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (which Millburgh clearly is not) that was served by United Airlines in 1950. When Mr. Shaw drops Walt Dudley off at the airport on Friday evening the flight being announced is "Flight 79 to Pittsburgh and Chicago" and the aircraft seen at the gate is a UAL DC-3; Dudley is also arrives back from Chicago on Saturday in a UAL DC-3. (Curiously while waiting for Mr. Bullard to arrive for the 6PM Executive Committee meeting on Friday Mr. Dudley says that he has a "7PM date with a DC-6" which is clearly incorrect.) UAL began service to Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport in 1935. (The airport scenes in the film were actually shot at Long Beach Airport south of Los Angeles.) The twin cities of Bethlehem and Allentown also had direct passenger rail service from New York City in 1950 via the Lehigh Valley Railroad (from Pennsylvania Station at 33rd St and 8th Ave) and the Jersey Central Railroad (from Liberty-Courtland Street) with the 88 mile trip taking about two hours. There is also a St. Martin's church in Allentown where the funeral was expected to be.
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The entire story takes place during the 24 hour period from Friday afternoon, June 19 1953 to Saturday afternoon, June 20 1953.
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When William Holden returns home from the airport in this MGM film, we hear his baseball playing son singing off-camera the tune to "Singin' In the Rain," music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by the head of the studio's celebrated musical unit, Arthur Freed. The song appears in many a film from The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to A Clockwork Orange (1971), and most famously in the Gene Kelly MGM film of the same name.
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Near the beginning, there is a scene in a city street when the entire crew, camera, and boom are reflected in a store window.
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Mic shadow on curtain of Shaw's office when Shaw is trying to persuade Caswell to vote for him as company president.
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When Fred Alderson and Don Walling are standing by a fence at the United Airlines gate at the airport discussing who should be the new President of the company, Mr. Alderson changes position between shots.
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Josiah Walter Dudley: You don't know me as well as you think you do. A guy can change, you know.
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McDonald Walling: We'll have a line of low-priced furniture, a new and different line - as different from anything we're making today as a modern automobile is different from a covered wagon. That's what you want Walt, isn't it - what you've always wanted? Merchandise that will sell because it had beauty and function and value - not because the buyers like your scotch or think that you're a good egg. The kind of stuff that you, Jesse, will feel in your guts when you know it's coming off your production line. A kind of product that you will be able to budget to the nearest hundredth of a cent, Shaw, because it will be scientifically and efficiently designed. And something you will be proud to have your name on, Miss Tredway.
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George Nyle Caswell: A one-man company without its one man!
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Photos from cast
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