The Power and the Prize

76
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1956
  • Running time: 98 min
Cliff Barton (Robert Taylor) risks his career over love and business in this Oscar® -nominated* adaptation of Howard Swiggett’s best-selling novel. Engaged to the niece of George Salt (Burl Ives), his ruthless boss and mentor, vice chairman Barton is... read more
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Cliff Barton (Robert Taylor) risks his career over love and business in this Oscar® -nominated* adaptation of Howard Swiggett’s best-selling novel. Engaged to the niece of George Salt (Burl Ives), his ruthless boss and mentor, vice chairman Barton is sent to London, where he’s been ordered to trick a firm into a merger and take control of their company. Asked by Mrs. Salt (Mary Astor) to check out a local charity project, Barton meets its director, Austrian refugee Miriam Linka (Elisabeth Mueller), and the two soon fall in love. So when he returns home without a deal and abruptly breaks his engagement, an enraged Salt sets out to use rumors of Linka’s past to force Barton’s resignation. The first b&w film shot in CinemaScope®, The Power and the Prize also marked the Hollywood debut of Swiss actress Mueller. Despite rave reviews, she would make only a few more films before devoting herself to the theater. * Costume Design (Black–and-White), 1956

Original Release

09/26/1956

US Release

09/26/1956

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Cast

Robert Taylor Cliff Barton
Elisabeth Müller Miriam Linka
Burl Ives George Salt
Charles Coburn Guy Eliot
Cedric Hardwicke Mr. Carew
Mary Astor Mrs. George Salt
Niki Dantine Joan Salt
Cameron Prud'Homme Reverend John Barton
Richard Erdman Lester Everett
Ben Wright Mr. Chutwell
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Directors

Henry Koster

Writers

Robert Ardrey, Howard Swigett

Cast

Robert Taylor Cliff Barton
Elisabeth Müller Miriam Linka
Burl Ives George Salt
Charles Coburn Guy Eliot
Cedric Hardwicke Mr. Carew
Mary Astor Mrs. George Salt
Niki Dantine Joan Salt
Cameron Prud'Homme Reverend John Barton
Richard Erdman Lester Everett
Ben Wright Mr. Chutwell
Jack Raine Mr. Pitt-Semphill
Thomas Browne Henry Paul F. Farragut
Richard Deacon Howard Carruthers
Tol Avery Dan Slocum
John Banner Mr. Ruloff
Max Barwyn Musician
Barry Brooks Hotel Clerk
Marie Brown Mrs. Donaldson
Theona Bryant Telephone Operator
Paul Busch Musician

Producers

Editors

George Boemler

1957OscarBest Costume Design, Black-and-White Nominated
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