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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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Red's Medal of Honor that Kitty shows to Marty and Mary is the current design that goes around the neck. In the story, Red earned it during World War I and at that time the Medal of Honor was on a suspension ribbon like most other US medals. It wouldn't be redesigned for around the neck wear until 1944. See more »

Quotes

Martin 'Marty' Maher: What is this place? Is it maybe a prison, or is it a looney house?
Cpl. Rudolph Heinz: This is the United States Military Academy.
Martin 'Marty' Maher: [glances around] What a fine ruin it would make!
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Music by George R. Poulton
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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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