Nothing but the Best (film)

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Nothing but the Best
Directed by Clive Donner
Produced by David Deutsch
Written by Stanley Ellin
Frederic Raphael
Starring Alan Bates
Music by Ron Grainer
Cinematography Nicolas Roeg
Edited by Fergus McDonell
Distributed by Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd.
Release dates
  • 10 March 1964 (1964-03-10)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Nothing but the Best is a 1964 British comedy film directed by Clive Donner based on the 1952 short story 'The Best of Everything' by Stanley Ellin.

Plot[edit]

James, a young man starting with a large West End firm of estate agents and auctioneers, is ambitious to get to the top. In a cheap café he meets Charles, a drunken layabout who has everything James wants: effortless upper-class arrogance and impeccable tailoring. In return for a room to live in and loans for drink and betting, Charles agrees to tutor James in the life skills he needs to succeed. By bluff and sabotage James rises in his firm, catching the eye of the owner and of his only daughter Ann.

Disaster threatens when Charles has a big win and decides to end the deal. James hastily strangles him and his landlady agrees to hide the corpse in her cellar in return for continuing sexual comfort. After long courtship, Ann agrees to marry James and her father makes him a partner in the business. Having conveniently sent his lower middle-class parents to Australia, his success will be crowned by a grand society wedding. Ann's father then confesses that he has a totally disreputable son they never see called Charles, and developers who have bought the house of James's former landlady find a corpse in the cellar.

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