May 6 – 16, 2021

Synopsis

Fierce and corrosive competition exists in the executive branch of Ramsey & Co., a New York industrial colossus headed by Walter Ramsey, its cold, designing and ruthless chief. It is the saga, too, of Bill Briggs, his longtime second in command, who is swayed by human as well as technological values. Fred Staples, a comparatively youthful industrial engineer, is brought in by Ramsey to succeed Briggs; however, the younger man’s views and sensitivities are essentially the same as Briggs’. They both believe people are not merely units. Ramsey’s calculated pattern is not to fire his aging aide, but to create such untenable conditions that he will be forced to resign in this poignant depiction of the ruthless side of corporate America in the 1950s. The cast includes Van Heflin, Ed Begley, Everett Sloane, Beatrice Straight, and Elizabeth Wilson. 16mm archival print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. Special Guest: Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling

Sponsored by Maynard & Associates and Susan Von Cannon & Franklyn Millman

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