Room at the Top

Room at the Top (1957)

Novel: Room at the Top ()
Published/Performed: 1957

Author: John Braine
Born: Apr 13, 1922 Bingley, near Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Passed: Oct 28, 1986 London, England

Film: Room at the Top
Released: 1959

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About the Novel Room at the Top:

Room at the Top (1957), by John Braine, tells the rise of an ambitious young man of humble origin, and the socio-economic struggles undergone in realising his social ambitions in post-war Britain. The novel was first published in the UK by Eyre & Spottiswoode and a film adaptation was made in 1959, followed in 2011 by a tv film.

The 1959 film stars Simone Signoret, Laurence Harvey, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit, Donald Houston and Hermione Baddeley. In smaller roles were Allan Cuthbertson, Raymond Huntley, John Westbrook, Richard Pasco and Ambrosine Phillpotts. There are also early cameos by Prunella Scales, Wendy Craig, Derek Benfield, Miriam Karlin, Derren Nesbitt and Ian Hendry. Wilfrid Lawson makes an uncredited appearance as Harvey's uncle.

Signoret won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this film, while Baddeley's performance became the shortest ever to be nominated for an acting Oscar (she had 2 minutes and 20 seconds of screen time).

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