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The Long Gray Line (1955)

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The life story of a salt-of-the-earth Irish immigrant, who becomes an Army Noncommissioned Officer and spends his 50 year career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This ... See full summary »

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Martin 'Marty' Maher
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Mary O'Donnell
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Old Martin
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Capt. Herman J. Kohler
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Kitty Carter
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Charles 'Chuck' Dotson (as Phil Carey)
William Leslie ...
James Nilsson 'Red' Sundstrom
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Abner 'Cherub' Overton
Sean McClory ...
Dinny Maher
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Cpl. Rudolph Heinz
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Capt. John Pershing
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Mrs. Koehler (as Erin O'Brien Moore)
Walter Ehlers ...
Mike Shannon (as Walter D. Ehlers)
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The life story of a salt-of-the-earth Irish immigrant, who becomes an Army Noncommissioned Officer and spends his 50 year career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This includes his job-related experiences as well as his family life and the relationships he develops with young cadets with whom he befriends. Based on the life of a real person. Written by Dennis Huffman<dhuffman11@kc.rr.com>

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Warms Your Heart! STIRS YOUR BLOOD! and fires your imagination!


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9 February 1955 (USA)  »

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Ce n'est qu'un au revoir  »

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$1,748,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

John Ford cast Jack Lemmon as Ens. Frank Pulver in Ensign Pulver (1964) after having seen him test for this film. See more »

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Interrupting the sermon, an announcement is made in the chapel regarding the Pearl Harbor attacks. On hearing the announcement, everyone spontaneously stands and sings a hymn, despite never being instructed to sing and never being told which hymn to sing. See more »

Quotes

Jim O'Carberry: This is Marty Maher. Whitey Larson.
Martin 'Marty' Maher: How do you do, sir?
Jim O'Carberry: If you have any trouble with horses, drop around and see Marty.
Whitey Larson: But he's in the infantry!
Jim O'Carberry: Well naturally! He knows horses. You don't think they'd put him in the cavalry, do ya?
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Referenced in AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford (1973) See more »

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My Country, 'Tis of Thee
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Lyrics by Samuel F. Smith
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good movie
24 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very underrated movie from John Ford and a lot of Ford fans don't think much of it. It's not considered one of his best movies and this came out the same year as Mister Roberts. The movie starts out with Tyrone Power coming to America from Ireland and winds up washing dishes at West Point. Power hates washing dishes at gets a better job at West Point as an assistant to Ward Bond, who is head of the athletic department. The movie starts in the year 1911 and has a brief overview of his life at West Point until the 1950's. Power winds up getting married to Maureen O'Hara, who is a maid to Bond, and Power wants to go back to Ireland because of his family. It's a great movie and doesn't even seem that long at over two hours long.


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