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Room at the Top (1959) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Jack Clayton and produced by John Woolf, James Woolf and Raymond Anzarut.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by John Braine published in 1957.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorLaurence HarveyNominated
Best ActressSimone SignoretWon
Best Supporting ActressHermione BaddeleyNominated
Best DirectorJack ClaytonNominated
Best PictureJohn Woolf and James Woolf, ProducersNominated
Best WritingNeil PatersonWon
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Room at the Top (1959)

By Beatrice on Dec 29, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Room at the Top Directed by Jack Clayton Written by Neil Paterson from a novel by John Baine 1959/UK Romulus Films/Remus First viewing/FilmStruck This is a beautifully shot film with perhaps Lawrence Harvey’s best performance and an Oscar-winning turn by Simone Signoret. Joe Lampton (Harv... Read full article


Room at the Top

By Alyson on Mar 15, 2013 From The Best Picture Project

In Room at the Top, Joe (Laurence Harvey) is a young, headstrong accountant who has just found a job in a small town. ?With the help of a friend, he gets joins a theater club to meet young and beautiful Susan (Heather Sears). ?While Joe attempts to woo her, he becomes closer to an older woman, Alice... Read full article


Room at the Top (Missing)

By Alyson on Mar 18, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Oh no!? I hate to do this so early, but I have not been able to find Room at the Top.? It’s not available on Netflix, hasn’t been on TCM or BBC (it’s a British film) since I started this project.? I’ll keep looking and once it’s found I’ll post my review ASAP.? An... Read full article


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Susan Brown: Joe, wasn't it absolutely the most wonderful wedding? Now we really belong to each other, till death us do part. Darling, you're crying! I believe you really are sentimental after all.


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Before passing the film with an 'X' certificate the BBFC required some dialogue changes. The word "bitch' was changed to 'witch', and 'Don't waste your lust on her' was changed to the tamer 'Don't lust after her'. There were also considerable edits made to the descriptions of Alice's death in the car crash, including mention of her 'crawling about' and being 'scalped'.
Jack Clayton replaced Peter Glenvile.
Initially no British cinema chains wanted to touch the film as the British Board of Film Classification had given it an X certificate, then usually synonymous with exploitation fare. Eventually the ABC chain took a chance and picked it up for distribution, scoring a huge critical and commercial hit in the process.
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