Patterns (1956)

Corporate America in the 1950’s was hardly known for its openness to dissent. Still, this period, more the home of ‘The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit’ than anything else, had its share of ethical conflicts. What happens, for instance, when a young engineer is promoted to corporate headquarters only to find out that he is merely a pawn in the CEO’s scheme to replace an aging executive who fights for the firm’s workers? Rod Serling, famed creator of The Twilight Zone, wrote the screenplay. This film features Van Heflin, Beatrice Straight, Everett Sloane, and Ed Begley.  Watch the film free on Kanopy with your IPL membership, then join Steve Gross for a hybrid discussion.  Contact Chris Kirby for information.