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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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$1,748,000 (estimated)
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Location filming at West Point was done during the summer when most cadets were gone with the exception of new "Plebes" so as not to disrupt normal activities. See more »

Goofs

A previous post asserts that the attack on Pearl Harbor was at 7:55 AM which was equivalent to 12:55 PM at West Point. This would mean that HST equaled GMT - 10 hours. But, in the era around 1941, Hawaiian time was GMT-10.5 hours, and the attack commenced at about 1:25 PM, EST. The point that church services at that hour were unlikely remains valid. But the Japanese intention was to present their final note about 30 minutes before the attack, not 5 minutes after. 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 What's My Line?: Episode dated 27 March 1955 (1955) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish ballad with words by Robert Burns
Played at the final parade
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Excellent movie, but I'm biased
14 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I must admit I am biased. My mom went to college with Marty Maher's niece, Maggie. However, as another reviewer pointed out, this is John Ford at his best, with Tyrone Power playing the part of John Wayne.

Although I do like Wayne, this part called for a better actor, and Ford cast Power brilliantly.

I also can usually smell bad Irish accents from miles off (don't get me started on all of those awful 'irish spring' commercials), but Power sounds like Frank McCourt was coaching him.

The main points of the story are fact based, but some of the events at the end were rearranged to flow better in the movie.

Overall, for John Ford fans, this one is a 'don't miss'!


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