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The Best of Everything

Director: Jean Negulesco Run Time: 121 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1958

Starring: Diane Baker, Hope Lange, Joan Crawford, Martha Hyer, Robert Evans, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker

Nitehawk’s BOOZE & BOOKS presents a screening of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING in celebration of Matt Zoller Seitz’s book, MAD MEN CAROUSEL, published by Abrams Books.

A panel discussion with leading television critics Matt Zoller Seitz (author of Mad Men Carousel), Alan Sepinwall (author of The Revolution was Televised), and Emily Nussbaum (TV Critic at The New Yorker) will follow the film. We’ll also have copies of Mad Men Carousel for sale and an inspired Mad Men cocktail!

Before Sex in the City or Mad Men, there was Rona Jaffe’s book, The Best of Everything. Unsurprisingly, Jaffe’s story of three ambitious career girls who share a small apartment and a secretarial jobs at a publishing house on Madison Avenue quickly made its way onto the big screen. Gregg (the actress), April (single and pregnant), and Caroline (a budding editor) all contend with the conflict of professional goals versus marriage/children expectations. In what can be seen as a comparison to Mad Men’s Peggy, Caroline works her way up to be an editor even though she has to deal with boss Amanda Farrow (played to perfection by Joan Crawford). And just like Mad Men, there’s a lot of booze, sex, and ambition. Scandalous!

The Best of Everything was featured in the Mad Men episode What Do Women Want (Season 1/Episode 6).