Rod Serling, creator of the hugely successful Twilight Zone, extended his influence by fashioning a highly charged and powerful indictment of the dehumanizing effects of giant corporate America. Fred Staples (Van Heflin), a mid-western corporate manager, is recruited by Mr. Ramsey (Everett Sloane), CEO of a large New York Corporation, to replace Bill Briggs (Ed Begely), an aging and ineffective vice president. Since firing at this high executive level is out of the question, Briggs must be forced to resign and Ramsey is using Staples to help with the dirty business of accomplishing this.
Sammy Hogarth, a vaudeville comedian who now has his own TV show, is a ruthless egomaniac who demands instant obedience from his staff and heaps abuse on those in lesser positions than he is. His most vituperative behavior, however, is reserved for his weak-willed brother, Lester, who Sammy has hired as his assistant but who really uses him as his whipping boy.