Man at the Top – 1973
A Hammer production in association with Durton Films presented by Nat Cohen for Anglo-EMI Film Distributors Limited Copyright MCMLXXIII Hammer Film Productions Limited – All rights reserved
MPAA Approved Certificate No. 23662
The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional
Made at EMI/MGM Elstree Studios Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire, England
Technicolor 88 mins
Hard-nosed businessman Joe Lampton is appointed to replace an executive in a pharmaceutical company who has just committed suicide. But, as soon as he takes up his post, he begins to uncover evidence that a new drug being marketed by the company and tested n Africa is unsafe and it seems that he has been set up as a scapegoat if any scandal breaks. Lampton has to use all his guile to survive in the wild jungle of big business.
This is the only one of Hammer’s television spin-offs at this time not to be derived from a comedy. The character Joe Lampton had already appeared twice in the cinema, both times played by Laurence Harvey, in “Room at the Top” (1958) and “Life at the Top” (1965).
Source of viewing copy – The Hammer Graveyard Collection