89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #53 – Room at the Top (1959)


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In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 53rd review of the 89 chosen Films…


room-at-the-top“Don’t worry about the way the world’s run, lad. Enjoy it while you’re young.” – Mr. Brown

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An up and coming young businessman does all he can to try and get to the top as quickly as possible which leads him to fall in love with both the daughter of a wealthy man and with a married older woman.

My Take on it – This is yet another film in this series taht I knew aboslutely nothing about before watching it and despite moving slowly in certain scenes, the overall effect is actually quite jarring especially given the fact of when this film was made.

The themes discussed here are quite frank and open and discuss sex, love and relationships in a way that most moviegoers were not used to back in the 50’s.

The producers used that fact to their advantage when marketing this film and I’m sure that helped contribute to its box-office success.

I’ve never been the biggest fan of Lawrence Harvey, but he does a fine job here as a man with a plan to get to the top as quickly and easily as possible.

His character has lots of flaws and some scenes with him seem quite strange and boring, but that helps describe what kind of person he is on the inside.

Of the two female leads here, Heather Sears is ok in her role but Simone Signoret steals ever scene she is in and deserved to take home the Oscar for Best Actress that year.

This film pulls no punches and says so much about what people are willing to do for love

Bottom Line – Harvey is pretty good here, but at points he is quite a bore which seems to be on purpose.  Sears is also good here, but Signoret steals the show with her Oscar winning performance.  Liked the way they were able to be frank about life and what people are willing to do for love and also to get to the top. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At 2 minutes and 19 seconds, Hermione Baddeley‘s performance is the shortest Oscar-nominated performance in movie history. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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