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Room at the Top (1959)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:March 30, 1959
Running time:115 minutes
Cast:Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Houston, Donald Wolfit
Director:Jack Clayton
Producer:James Woolf, John Woolf
Writer:Neil Paterson
Distributor:Lion International Films

Description: Ruthless young working-class Englishman Laurence Harvey takes a job in a North Country village controlled by millionaire Donald Wolfit. Harvey resents Wolfit's class consciousness and vows to rise to the top by wooing the millionaire's daughter, Heather Sears. Meanwhile he has an affair with Frenchwoman Simone Signoret. Though he regards Signoret as a mere self-gratifying conquest, she takes their romance seriously enough to kill herself when Harvey impregnates Field. Only as he leaves the chapel after marrying the millionaire's daughter does Harvey that his smart marriage, coupled with the guarantee of a fabulous business career, has been attained at the cost of his soul. Based on the novel by John Braine, Room at the Top was one of the most successful films of the British angry-young-man school; it later spawned two sequels, as well as a weekly TV series.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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