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Rod Serling's incisive "gray flannel suit" TV drama created such a sensation when Rod Serling first aired it live on January 11, 1955 that, in an unprecedented move, it was repeated four weeks later, on February 9, again live. Richard Kiley starred as Fred Staples, a bright young man from Cincinnati brought into the executive pool at a top New York firm by ruthless CEO Ramsey (Everett Sloane). Staples doesn't know it at first, but he was recruited as the potential replacement for Andy Sloane (Ed Begley), an ailing exec whom Ramsey is easing out in a most unsubtle fashion. Staples takes a liking to Sloane and despises Ramsey's tactics; the question is: does he despise them enough to throw away the biggest opportunity in his life? Director Fielder Cook, who helmed both TV versions of Patterns, also did the same for the 1956 film version. While Everett Sloane and Ed Begley were carried over from TV, the more "bankable" Van Heflin replaced Kiley as Staples. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Van Heflin
as Fred Staples
Everett Sloane
as Walter Ramsey
Beatrice Straight
as Nancy Staples
Elizabeth Wilson
as Marge Fleming
Joanna Roos
as Miss Lanier
Shirley Standlee
as Miss Hill
Sally Gracie
as Ann
Michael Dreyfuss
as Billy
Adrienne Moore
as First Secretary
Elaine Kaye
as Second Secretary
Elene Kiamos
as Sylvia Trammel
Andrew Duggan
Rod Serling
Elene Kiamos
as Sylvia Trammel

Crew

Fielder Cook
Director
Michael Myerberg
Producer
Rod Serling
Screenwriter
Rod Serling
Play Author
Boris Kaufman
Cinematographer
Dave Kummins
Editor
Carl Lerner
Editor
Richard Sylbert
Art Director
Mary Merrill
Costume Designer
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