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The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 10 February 1955 (USA)
In 1898, Irish immigrant Martin Maher is hired as a civilian employee at West Point where, during a 50-year career, he rises to the rank of NCO and instructor.

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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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Dwight Eisenhower
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Abner 'Cherub' Overton
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Dinny Maher
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Capt. John Pershing
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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 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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John Ford's The Long Gray Line  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,748,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,100,000, 31 December 1955
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length (ASL) = 13 seconds See more »

Goofs

When Marty is excoriating the visiting governor over his contempt for tradition at West Point, he asks him where he thinks generals such as Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Patton and some others got their training. However, George S. Patton never attended West Point; he was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). 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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My Country, 'Tis of Thee
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Traditional melody
Lyrics by Samuel F. Smith
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All Ford and all heart
6 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

You could call "The Long Grey Line" an affectionate tribute by one American institution to another: John Ford to West Point. All the Fordian elements, unashamed sentimentality, boisterious comedy, stark tragedy, are all here, and Ford and his actors convey them all beautifully.

And what actors! Tyrone Power finally proved that he could act in his moving portrayal of Martin Maher, a real-life West Point legend who started out as a fresh-off-the-boat waiter and wound up as the Academy's much-venerated Master of the Sword. Maher died in 1961 at age eighty-four, just as an era he represented was dying, too. Maureen O'Hara gives her usual strong portrayal as his devoted wife, likewise Donald Crisp as his father. Two of the most beloved members of the Ford stock company are here, too. Ward Bond playes Captain Koehler, the previous Master of the Sword who takes young Martin under his wing. And Harry Carey, Jr. has a good spot as the young Dwight Eisenhower, who was going bald even then and trying to stop it with hair-restorer.

A military "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" this may be, but as a heartfelt, human tribute to the Point and the men who made it, as well as good, overlooked Ford, this film is a hidden treasure.


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