I have seen this film many times over the years and to this day remains one of my favourites dating from the 1950s.
It was an important film made at the time since adult films as a rule in those days did not explore human relationships in any great depth. Room At The Top however, changed all that.
Based on a best selling novel by John Braine who also wrote "The Jealous God" the story centres around an ambitious social climber Joe Lambton who has moved to a northern town in order to fulfil his ambitions and to get on in life and be a success.
After securing a post in Local Government, he joins a local drama group and meets Alice Aisgill an unhappily married woman played by the lovely Simone Signoret (who oozes sex appeal throughout and dominates all her scenes). Seeking more from life however, he then meets Susan Brown (Heather Sears) drifts into a relationship with her, and at the same time continues with his relationship with Alice. Being ambitious however, he knows perfectly well that marrying the bosses' daughter will enhance his own personal standing and secure his future.
Although the film may seem rather dated today, and the sex scenes extremely tame, (they were tastefully done for the time) strong performances from the lead actors have made this film the classic it is.
Older viewers will recognise many of the locations where the film was shot, the railway station at Halifax, and the main street in Bradford where Joe Lampton gets off a bus when he sees Susan Brown in a shop.
It does remain to this day one of the finest films made in Britain.
Now perhaps, we can have a re-release of the sequel Life At The Top which starred Jean Simmons who has died recently as a tribute to her.