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Patterns (1956)




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Rod Serling's incisive "gray flannel suit" TV drama created such a sensation when Kraft Television Theatre first aired it live on January 11, 1955 that, in an unprecedented move, it was repeated four weeks later, on February 9, again live. Richard Kiley starred as Fred Staples, a bright young man from Cincinnati brought into the executive pool at a top New York firm by ruthless CEO Ramsey (Everett Sloane). Staples doesn't know it at first, but he was recruited as the potential replacement for Andy Sloane (Ed Begley), an ailing exec whom Ramsey is easing out in a most unsubtle fashion. Staples takes a liking to Sloane and despises Ramsey's tactics; the question is: does he despise them enough to throw away the biggest opportunity in his life? Director Fielder Cook, who helmed both TV versions of Patterns, also did the same for the 1956 film version. While Everett Sloane and Ed Begley were carried over from TV, the more "bankable" Van Heflin replaced Kiley as Staples.

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Van Heflin
as Fred Staples
Ed Begley Sr.
as William Briggs
Elizabeth Wilson
as Marge Fleming
Everett Sloane
as Walter Ramsey
Beatrice Straight
as Nancy Staples
Joanna Roos
as Miss Lanier
Eleni Kiamos
as Sylvia Trammel
Ronnie Welsh Jr.
as Paul Briggs
Adrienne C. Moore
as 1st Secretary
Elaine Kaye
as 2nd Secretary
Elene Kiamos
as Sylvia Trammel
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Patterns succeeds most as a showcase for its actors.

January 7, 2021 | Full Review…

The main draw remains Serling, whose story seems every bit as relevant-indeed, more so-today. There is efficiency but also music in his theatrical language... [Blu-ray]

September 29, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Depicts a call of humanity caught in a competitive world.

July 16, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5

A inteligente discussão final entre os personagens de Heflin e Sloane já é o bastante para que este filme mereça aplausos.

February 18, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

It's a forceful melodrama, that takes the viewer into the pits of a big corporation's board room politics, backstabbing, and the tough way of doing business.

September 18, 2002 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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