Van Heflin
Director: Fielder Cook Cast: Van Heflin
Van Heflin
, Ed Begley Sr.
Ed Begley Sr.
, Everett Sloane
Everett Sloane
Fielder Cook


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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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Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2018
UPC: 0191091213582
Original Release: 1956
Source: Film Detective
Sales rank: 33,182

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Heflin Fred Staples
Ed Begley William Briggs
Everett Sloane Walter Ramsey
Beatrice Straight Nancy Staples
Elizabeth Wilson Marge Fleming
Joanna Roos Miss Lanier
Shirley Standlee Miss Hill
Ronnie Welsh Paul Briggs
Sally Gracie Ann
Michael Dreyfuss Billy
Adrienne Moore First Secretary
Elaine Kaye Second Secretary
Elene Kiamos Sylvia Trammel
Andrew Duggan Actor
Rod Serling Actor

Technical Credits
Fielder Cook Director
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Dave Kummins Editor
Carl Lerner Editor
Mary Merrill Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Myerberg Producer
Rod Serling Screenwriter
Richard Sylbert Art Director

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