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Patterns (1956)

Directed by:
Fielder Cook
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Patterns

RUNNING TIME
84 minutes

Produced by:
Michael Myerberg
Jed Harris

Written by:
Rod Serling


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Fred Staples Van Heflin
Walter Ramsey Everett Sloane
William Briggs Ed Begley
Nancy Staples Beatrice Straight
Marge Fleming Elizabeth Wilson
Miss Margaret Lanier Joanna Roos -

 

Review

Rod Serling's tale of boardroom machinations and power struggles in the corporate world in 1950s New York City is a stirring interpersonal drama centered around its three principals characters, all of whom are executives in the Manhattan-based Ramsey & Co.: Walter Ramsey (Everett Sloane), the company's ruthless director, William Briggs (Ed Begley), his long-serving Vice President, and Fred Staples (Van Heflin), a youngish, talented executive newly brought in from an acquired company, and who soon finds himself in the middle of a game of power and positioning. In certain segments, Serling's intelligent dialogue-based script reaches a potency akin to James Foley's Glengarry Glen Ross. Adapted for the big screen after having already been created and broadcast as a teleplay the year before, Patterns' production values are basic but neat. However, the ethical discussions on offer are essentially timeless, and the filmmakers' ability to strip the characters down through the implied and the undercommunicated is close to groundbreaking. All three lead actors give powerful, sizzling performances, but Heflin adds a naturalness which probably will resonate more with modern viewers.

Copyright 03.01.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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