Patterns (March 27, 1956)

Ed Begley in Patterns
 

Released on March 27, 1956: (running time 1 hour and 24 minutes) His personal ethics battle his ambition to succeed in big business for executive Fred Staples.

Directed by Fielder Cook

The Actors: Van Heflin (Fred Staples), Everett Sloane (Walter Ramsey), Ed Begley (Bill Briggs), Beatrice Straight (Nancy Staples), Elizabeth Wilson (Marge Fleming, secretary), Joanna Roos (Miss Margaret Lanier, Ramsey's secretary), Valerie Cossart (Miss Stevens), Eleni Kiamos (Sylvia Trammel), Ronnie Welsh (Paul Briggs), Shirley Standlee (Miss Hill), Andrew Duggan (Mr. Jameson, head of purchasing), Jack Livesey (Mr. Vanderventer, chief engineer), John Seymour (Mr. Gordon, head of sales), James Kelly (Mr. Latham, head of service), John Shelly (Mr. Grannigan, comptroller), Victor Harrison (Mr. Porter, chief of operations), Sally Gracie (Ann Evans), Sally Chamberlin (Mrs. Jameson), Edward Binns (elevator starter), Lauren Bacall (lady in lobby near elevators), Michael Dreyfuss (Billy), Elaine Kaye (second secretary), Adrienne Moore (Martha Stevens, first secretary)

 

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The Actor that Couldn’t Pick a Good Role

Sure, actor Van Heflin won an Oscar for his 1942 performance in the movie “Johnny Eager,” but I think it might have been an fortuitous accident. The movie parts he turned down are more notable than some of the parts he accepted. The actor with a masters degree in theater arts from Yale University was very picky about the roles he chose, and he often chose unwisely.

Van Heflin turned down the part that Fred MacMurray played in the Humphrey Bogart classic, “The Caine Mutiny.” When he was offered the lead in a new 1959 television show called “The Untouchables,” he didn’t think the show would succeed, so Robert Stack became famous as G-man cop Elliott Ness. Van Heflin would later say, “Naturally, I had no idea of the success it was going to be. I’d have been independently wealthy for the rest of my life.”

Van Heflin is the star of this amazing drama and his acting couldn’t be better. His character is well-developed and full of great dialogue and scenes. Unfortinately, even though his name is at the top of this movie’s credits, the actor listed third stole this whole movie. Every bit of it. Even the ending. Especially the ending. I think that the movie really ended a few minutes before the cameras stopped rolling. Just my opinion, mind you. You are welcome to disagree.

As our adventure opens we are in 1956 New York City. World War Two is over, and the nation that was filled with farmers and small businessmen is fast disappearing. The baby-boom generation is beginning to be born, and the men that fought in the war are now fighting in the big business board room. Small town factories and businesses are being gobbled up by large conglomerates that are creating companies that are bigger and more powerful than anything the world has ever seen.

Van Heflin is a hard-working executive in a small factory in Mansfield, Ohio, and the head of the corporation that purchased his factory has promoted him to an executive position at the corporate headquarters in New York City. This big business is going to get even bigger with men like their new executive, no matter what it takes. No matter what it takes. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Adrienne Moore
Adrienne Moore
Adrienne Moore
Adrienne Moore
Andrew Duggan, Van Heflin, Ed Begley
Andrew Duggan, Van Heflin, Ed Begley
Beatrice Straight
Beatrice Straight
Beatrice Straight, Van Heflin
Beatrice Straight, Van Heflin
Ed Begley
Ed Begley
Ed Begley, Ronnie Welsh
Ed Begley, Ronnie Welsh
Ed Begley
Ed Begley
Ed Begley, Ronnie Welsh
Ed Begley, Ronnie Welsh
Ed Begley
Ed Begley
Edward Binns
Edward Binns
Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth Wilson, Ed Begley
Elizabeth Wilson, Ed Begley
Elizabeth Wilson, Ed Begley
Elizabeth Wilson, Ed Begley
Elizabeth Wilson, Van Heflin
Elizabeth Wilson, Van Heflin
Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth Wilson
Van Heflin
Van Heflin
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloane
Jack Livesey, Van Heflin
Jack Livesey, Van Heflin
Joanna Roos
Joanna Roos
Joanna Roos
Joanna Roos
Sally Gracie
Sally Gracie
Van Heflin
Van Heflin
Van Heflin, Everett Sloane
Van Heflin, Everett Sloane