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The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  9 February 1955 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Mrs. Koehler (as Erin O'Brien Moore)
Walter Ehlers ...
Mike Shannon (as Walter D. Ehlers)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

John Ford's The Long Gray Line  »

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$1,748,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Walter Ehlers ("Mike Shannon") received the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism on July 9/10, 1944, at Normandy, France. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 18th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division. See more »

Goofs

According to the storyline, Maher arrived at West Point no earlier than 1902, but George Koehler was football coach from 1897-1900. 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 Jack Lemmon (1988) See more »

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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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