In Serling’s Emmy-winning drama, Van Heflin stars as Fred Staples, a plant manager in a small town who is given an executive position in his company’s big city home office. He discovers shortly after his arrival that his promotion has little to do with his abilities as much as it does as leverage against the company’s Vice President, whom the boss (Everett Sloane of Citizen Kane) wants out, throwing Staples into a frenzy of personal loyalty, company politics and cut-throat practices.
Patterns has the crisp dialogue and sterling wit for which Rod Serling became famous for, paving the way for such movies as Alexander MacKendrick’s The Sweet Smell of Success and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.
This Roan Video DVD collection edition, available for the first time on DVD, includes a wealth of excluisve features, including:
- New York Post chief film critic Lou Lumenick discussing the importance of Patterns and the work of Rod Serling
- Lloyd Kaufman on the depiction of “business” in Hollywood and independent cinema
- Rod Serling scene from Stuck on You, featuring Prof. Irwin Corey
- Vincent Sherman (the oldest living Hollywood filmmaker) discussing the golden age of cinema
- Film background and production notes
- and much more!