Patterns [DVD] [1956]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Lou Lumenick Chief New York Post film critic discusses the importance of "Patterns" and the work of Rod Serling
  • Lloyd Kaufman on the depiction of "Business" in Hollywood and independent cinema
  • Rod Serling scene from "Stuck on You" featuring prof. Irwin Corey
  • Vincent Sherman interview
  • Film background and production notes
  • ...And many exclusive Roan DVD extras

Synopsis

Patterns
Rod Serling's incisive "gray flannel suit" TV drama created such a sensation when Kraft Television Theatre 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 & Crew

  • Van Heflin
    Van Heflin - Fred Staples
  • Ed Begley, Sr.
    Ed Begley, Sr. - William Briggs
  • Everett Sloane
    Everett Sloane - Walter Ramsey
  • Beatrice Straight
    Beatrice Straight - Nancy Staples
  • Elizabeth Wilson
    Elizabeth Wilson - Marge Fleming
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