Room at the Top
Room at the Top is a 1959 British film based on the 1957 novel of the same name by John Braine. The novel was adapted by Neil Paterson with uncredited work by Mordecai Richler. It was directed by Jack Clayton in his feature-length directorial debut and produced by John and James Woolf. The film stars Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit, Donald Houston and Hermione Baddeley.
In late 1940s West Riding of Yorkshire, England, Joseph (Joe) Lampton, an ambitious young man who has just moved from the dreary factory town of Dufton, arrives in Warnley to assume a secure, but poorly paid, post in the Borough Treasurer's Department. Determined to succeed, and ignoring the warnings of a colleague, Soames, he pursues Susan Brown, daughter of the local industrial magnate, Mr. Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Brown deal with Joe's social climbing by sending Susan abroad.
|author||John Braine Mordecai Richler Neil Paterson|
|award||Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|keywords||climb french woman gang of thugs hear injured married murder new job return home rid social climbing social status steal warn west riding of yorkshire young man|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|producer||John and James Woolf|
|publisher||British Lion Films Walter Reade|