Dir: Mike Vardy
Starring: Kenneth Haigh and Nanette Newman
An executive finds his firm is marketing an unsafe drug
This drama was spun off from the television series Man at the Top which itself was inspired by the 1959 film Room at the Top (qv) and its 1965 sequel Life at the Top (qv). However, it was not deemed a success, mainly because the cast was entirely different to the original films, Laurence Harvey for instance, who had starred in the first two films, died the year that this movie came out. Social attitudes had also changed and the ‘kitchen-sink’ reality of the earlier duo was replaced by a more modern outlook on life where success was seen as easily achievable. There is one sequence in this film that is at least a little unusual. Shot from a car on the M1 motorway, a pair of Class 25 diesels on a coal train pass by on the adjacent Midland Main Line. This is in addition to a glimpse of the rear of a passing passenger train, captured somewhere in the vicinity of the M1 / North Circular interchange.