Man at the Top (film)

Man at the Top is a 1973 British drama film directed by Mike Vardy and starring Kenneth Haigh, spun off from the television series Man at the Top which itself was inspired by the 1959 film Room at the Top and its sequel Life at the Top.

Man at the Top
Directed byMike Vardy
Produced byPeter Charlesworth
Jock Jacobsen
Written byJohn Junkin
Hugh Whitemore
StarringKenneth Haigh
Nanette Newman
Harry Andrews
Music byRoy Budd
CinematographyBrian Probyn
Edited byChris Barnes
Hammer Films
Dufton Films
Distributed byAnglo-EMI
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Joe Lampton is promoted to managing director of a pharmaceutical company, and becomes involved with Lord Ackerman, the powerful chairman, who is also his father-in-law. But Joe makes a shocking discovery: his predecessor committed suicide because of his involvement in a drug that left 1000 African women sterile. Joe threatens to reveal all to the press, while Lord Ackerman seeks to persuade him otherwise, by offering him promotion to Chief Executive.[1]



Shooting took place from 3 March to 7 April 1973.


Box Office

The film was not a success at the box office.[2]

Critical reception

Monthly Film Bulletin said it was "too much like an episode of a TV series stretched to feature length".[3]

"Network on Air" noted the film as, "offering a grittier treatment than the 1959 film adaptation and the subsequent television series".[4]

Allmovie noted, " Nanette Newman, a busy doe-eyed ingenue of the 1960s, is quietly effective as the middle-aged Mrs. Lampton."[5]


  1. "Man at the Top | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. Tom Johnson and Deborah Del Vecchio, Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography, McFarland, 1996 p369
  3. MAN AT THE TOP Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 40, Iss. 468, (Jan 1, 1973): 208.
  4. "> Man at the Top". Network ON AIR. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  5. "Man at the Top (1973) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
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