The Best Of Everything (1959)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

USA, 1959.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This film, and the novel upon which it is based, must have seemed shockingly modern upon first being unleashed to the public:  it deals with single party girls and their suicides and abortions. Decades later, however, it’s more like daytime soap opera than Sex And The City. Hope Lange plays a newcomer to New York City who gets a job working at an important publishing firm. She soon finds herself rooming with two of her fellow employees, a struggling actress () who temps at the office to get by, and a secretary () who sees the business world as a husband-hunting ground. Our heroine decides to stay focused on her career and the possible All About Eveing of her tough boss (Joan Crawford), while the other two allow the men in their lives to ruin them. It’s trashy, but so entertaining at the same time.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Costume Design-Colour; Best Song (“The Best Of Everything”)

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