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Room at the Top Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Ruthless young working-class Englishman Laurence Harvey takes a job in a North Country village controlled by millionaire Donald Wolfit. Harvey resents Wolfit's class consciousness and vows to rise to the top by wooing the millionaire's daughter, Heather Sears. Meanwhile he has an affair with Frenchwoman Simone Signoret. Though he regards Signoret as a mere self-gratifying conquest, she takes their romance seriously enough to kill herself when Harvey impregnates Field. Only as he leaves the chapel after marrying the millionaire's daughter does Harvey that his "smart" marriage, coupled with the guarantee of a fabulous business career, has been attained at the cost of his soul. Based on the novel by John Braine, Room at the Top was one of the most successful films of the British angry-young-man school; it later spawned two sequels, as well as a weekly TV series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 30, 1959

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Woolf Best Picture 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Woolf Best Picture 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Laurence Harvey Best Actor 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Neil Paterson Best Adapted Screenplay 1959 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jack Clayton Best Film - Any Source 1958 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Clayton Best Director 1959 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Simone Signoret Best Foreign Actress 1958 Winner
National Board of Review Simone Signoret Best Actress 1959 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Simone Signoret Best Actress 1959 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Simone Signoret Best Actress 1959 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Simone Signoret Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hermione Baddeley Best Supporting Actress 1959 Nominee

Cast

Laurence Harvey
as Joe Lampton
Simone Signoret
as Alice Aisgill
Heather Sears
as Susan Brown
Donald Wolfit
as Mr. Brown
Donald Houston
as Charlie Soames
Ambrosine Phillpotts
as Mrs. Brown
Hermione Baddeley
as Elspeth
Raymond Huntley
as Mr. Hoylake
Allan Cuthbertson
as George Aisgill
Mary Peach
as June Samson
Thelma Ruby
as Miss Breith
Anne Leon
as Janet
Wendy Craig
as Joan
Avril Elgar
as Miss Gilchrist
Beatrice Varley
as Aunt
Miriam Karlin
as Gertrude
Richard Pasco
as Teddy
April Olrich
as Mavis
Everley Gregg
as Mayoress
Basil Dignam
as Priest
Paul Whitsun-Jones
as Man at Bar
Yvonne Buckingham
as Girl at Window
Doreen Dawn
as High-stepping Girl
Derek Benfield
Isla Cameron
Anthony Elgar
May Hallatt
Jack Hedley
Ian Hendry
as Cyril
Ruth Kettlewell
as Thespians member
Delena Kidd
as Eva
Wilfred Lawson
as Uncle Nat
Derren Nesbitt
Anthony Newlands
Bob Palmer
Sheila Raynor
Prunella Scales
Julian Somers
John Welsh
as Mayor
Ann Gunning
Katherine Page
Kenneth Waller
Edward Palmer
Stephen Jack
as Darnley
Ruth Kettlewell
as Thespians member
Delena Kidd
as Eva
Wilfred Lawson
as Uncle Nat
John Welsh
as Mayor
Ian Hendry
as Cyril

Crew

Jack Clayton
Director
James Woolf
Producer
John Woolf
Producer
Neil Paterson
Screenwriter
John Braine
Book Author
Freddie Francis
Cinematographer
Mario Nascimbene
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Handford
Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Sforzini
Makeup
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