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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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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

Final film of Robert Francis. 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

Martin 'Marty' Maher: [repeated line; every time he's referred to as "Paddy"] *Martin* is the name.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish ballad with words by Robert Burns
Played at the final parade
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forgotten classic
1 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

How did I ever miss this movie either on video or t.v. John Ford has his stock character actors and I was surprised that John Wayne did not have the starring role,which was well handled by Tyrone Power.A small masterpiece ably handled by all mixing the typical Ford traits of humor and serious modes. Loosely based on a true story,it is American propaganda at its finest and a nice tribute to the West Point Academy.One of Tyrone Powers' final films,and one of his best performances showing he could handle comedy,drama and a nice attempt at an Irish accent. The finale did become a bit soppy but does not detract from the overall movie. Sadly this film has been forgotten by the majority of film audiences and those in power who show supposed classics on the oldies channels.If it ever turns up on t.v. take a look and be pleasantly surprised.Maybe even todays so called writers,directors and actors might like to see how the master did it.


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