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The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 9 February 1955 (USA)
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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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)
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James Nilsson 'Red' Sundstrom
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Abner 'Cherub' Overton
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Dinny Maher
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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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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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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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2.55 : 1
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Final film of Robert Francis. See more »

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Marty and Mary did not live on West Point when first married as depicted in the film. They lived in the nearby town of Highland Falls. They were living in Highland Falls again when Mary died. The film shows her passing away on the front porch of their Army quarters. See more »

Quotes

Martin 'Marty' Maher: [repeated line; every time he's referred to as "Paddy"] *Martin* is the name.
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Music by Harold Boulton
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Makes my top ten list!
16 August 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of John Ford's best. I have seen this movie many times, and it only improves with age. A truly heart warming story of a man who came from Ireland and found a new home at West Point, home of our oldest Military Academy. If you like tradition and biographies, this movie is one that you can't help but to love. The only bad thing about the movie is that it is not shown enough and doesn't get the credit it deserves.


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