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The Best of Everything
- Dashiell Barnes
This film is not that different then any of today's films that appeal to a mostly female audience. Crawford over-shadows an impressive cast including, Lange, Boyd, Aherene, Hyer & Jourdan. This film is too heavily flooded with cliche's found in women's pictures, which turned me off at some points. It has it's flaws, but it's still a nice film to pass the time. I give it a 3/5.
Watching Suzy Parker, Hope Lange or Martha Hyer isn't a bad way to spend an afternoon but this film is pure schlock! It's SO formulaic and you know what is going to happen to each gal before it does. It's trash!
Soapy, but fun
- Alan Miller
Lush film, great cast and moving theme by Mathis at his peak. Met Hope Lange several years later in New York researching a piece on Montgomery Clift. A wonderful lady whose scene in "The Young Lions" when he's walking her home is just right. Boyd is indeed the perfect leading man as is Jordan as the cold-blooded lover. Don't miss Robert Evans as the snake who dumps April.
- el debbo
Look at this room full of secretaries at the start of the movie and note the 16-inch waistlines. Check out skeletal Suzy Parker as she gives her resignation to Joan Crawford. Yikes! Other than that observation, this is a kinda splendid movie. I love love love the Johnny Mathis intro song...it's perfect. And I love the multi-dimensions that these characters actually have. When I saw their stick figures I didn't really expect it. I think Hope Lange was kind of a clone for Grace Kelly, but so much cooler without the depth. All in all an enjoyable slice of late '50s life.
A Great Studio Picture
- David Atkins
I titled my review A Great Studio Picture because it was an in house 20th Century Fox Production filmed at 20th and cast with many at the time young players such as Stephen Boyd, Hope Lange, Diane Baker, Brett Halsey all of whom were 20th contract players. My complaint about films today is that many are "over produced" with sci fi effects, et al, and this film explores the lives of lovely career women on their way to find life and love in NY. Joan Crawford ever the star commands ever scene Crawford appears in, I don't think anyone ever stole a scene from Joan Crawford. Ever. Hope Lange, Diane Baker and beautiful Suzy Parker are wonderful in this movie and Stephen Boyd for one was the Perfect Leading Man. As was Brett Halsey.
Fun, fun, fun. A good watch!
The Best of Everything!
I love this movie. It's a real stunner. Mad Men seems like a wannabe of this movie. This movie captures the era because they are in it. I love the music, I love the look, I love the story, I Love New York! The city of New York is also a character and it adds to the all around glamour of the story!
Slick and sleek, like the cars of this era.
The retro ambience that TV's "Mad Men" is going for? This movie is the real deal. The office decor, the costuming, the cars...Everything here makes for a perfect time capsule of that moment in history when the 1950's were poised to turn into the 1960's. And the color scheme isn't the only thing vibrating; this (mostly) fresh, young cast is really humming too. They hit the ground running, which is good, because there's lots of territory to cover here. What with a lecherous boss, a demanding editor, a sulky playwright, a conniving boyfriend, an unhinged actress and on and on, there's lots to contend with. Diane Baker and Hope Lange were two of the best ingenue types of that day, so it's a pleasure to have them both on board. The one who should have been scuttled is Suzy Parker, one of the most puzzling screen presences in movie history. Today, a superstar model would be a natural for reality TV, but I suppose back then movies seemed like the only way to go. She didn't have any dialogue in "Funny Face", so maybe nobody realized what they were in for until the contracts were signed. The fact that she couldn't act, coupled with the necessity of a fairly intricate emotional workout for her character, leads to the one unintentional train wreck in the film. The rest of the train wrecks are well-choreographed and go off like clockwork. It's a super-slick soap opera, one of the best ever.
The Best Of Everything
Great character study and a stunning cast. Louis Jordan plays a real heel. Joan Crawford is an employee's nightmare with a sharp tongue. Hope Lang is just beautiful, this is a great role for her. Diane Baker is the typical innocent girl who comes to the big city. Suzy Parker shows you what not to do with a man. Stephen Boyd is great in his role of the man walking around with painful memories and tries to drown them with alcohol until he meets Caroline (Hope Lang). Robert Evans in a great playboy role, I hear he's really a nice guy. Great shots of the city of NY. I saw this movie before I visited the city. The movie has a great sound track and the title song, The Best Of Everything is sung by the very talented Johnny Mathis. Oh, I also wrote and corresponded with Hope Lang for a short period, she said she had fond memories of making this movie.
The Best of Everything
Joan Crawford and Louis Jordan are listed as the stars, but have small supporting roles in this film. Hope Lange (Caroline) plays the main character, a woman who has been jilted by her boyfriend and becomes obsessed in advancing her career. Along the way she meets Mike (Steven Boyd), who tells her she would be better off getting married than attempting to get Dorothy's (Joan Crawford)job as editor. She makes friends with two girls, one who wants to be an actress and stalks David Savage (Louis Jordan) and another girl who becomes pregnant. I rate this movie 1 1/2 stars.