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A star-studded cast enlivens this glossy '50s soap opera, based on a novel by Rona Jaffe. The action unfolds at the Gotham-based Fabian Publishing, where numerous women work as typists under the aegis of power-wielding, shark-like editor Amanda Farrow (Joan Crawford). Farrow has achieved wealth and success, but is far from idolized by her underlings, who understand clearly that their boss has chalked up all of her accomplishments at the expense of a satisfying personal life. Caroline Bender (Hope Lange) is a recent graduate of a prestigious women's college whose sole desire in life is to marry her college sweetheart Eddie (Brett Halsey; she admits openly that she cares little for power, ambition or career advancement. She gets a job in the secretarial pool of Fabian Publishing and soon takes an apartment with some female co-workers. Caroline quickly realizes that she has a catbird seat to witness the romantic entanglements and office politics of Fabian's many female employees. Farrow is having an affair with a mysterious married man, and Caroline's roommates have tales of their own to tell: April (Diane Baker) has become pregnant by the unscrupulous Dexter (Robert Evans), who suggests she have an abortion; and Gregg (Suzy Parker) has become involved with smooth-talking Broadway director David Wilder Savage (Louis Jourdan), not the most faithful man in the world. Robert Evans's career as an actor came to an end after this film, and he later enjoyed success as a studio head at Paramount Pictures in the 1970s, supervising Suzy Parker, and serving as producer of such films as Suzy Parker and Suzy Parker. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 9, 1959


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Adele Palmer Best Color Costume Design 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sammy Cahn Best Song 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Newman Best Song 1959 Nominee


Hope Lange
as Caroline Bender
Stephen Boyd
as Mike
Suzy Parker
as Gregg
Martha Hyer
as Barbara
Diane Baker
as April
Brian Aherne
as Mr. Shalimar
Joan Crawford
as Amanda Farrow
Robert Evans
as Dexter Key
Brett Halsey
as Eddie
Donald Harron
as Sidney Carter
Sue Carson
as Mary Agnes
Linda Hutchings
as Jane
Lionel Kane
as Paul
Ted Otis
as Ronnie Wood
Louis Jourdan
as David Savage
Alena Murray
as Girl in Typing Pool
Rachel Stephens
as Girl in Typing Pool
Julie Payne
as Girls in Typing Pool
Theodora Davitt
as Margo Stewart


Jean Negulesco
Jerry Wald
Rona Jaffe
Book Author
Mann Rubin
William C. Mellor
Sammy Cahn
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Adele Palmer
Costume Designer