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The Long Gray Line -- This is an affectionate look at West Point which focuses on Martin Maher (Power), an Irish immigrant who found a home in the Army as an instructor. He becomes very close to his pupils, one of whom isDwight Eisenhower. Maureen O'Hara plays Power's wife.

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Director:
Writers:
Edward Hope (screenplay)
Marty Maher (based upon "Bringing Up the Brass" by) ...
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Release Date:
9 February 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Warms Your Heart! STIRS YOUR BLOOD! and fires your imagination!
Plot:
The life story of a salt-of-the-earth Irish immigrant, who becomes an Army Noncommissioned Officer and... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
All Ford and all heart See more (39 total) »

Cast

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Tyrone Power ... Martin 'Marty' Maher

Maureen O'Hara ... Mary O'Donnell

Robert Francis ... James N. Sundstrom Jr.

Donald Crisp ... Old Martin

Ward Bond ... Capt. Herman J. Kohler

Betsy Palmer ... Kitty Carter

Philip Carey ... Charles 'Chuck' Dotson (as Phil Carey)
William Leslie ... James Nilsson 'Red' Sundstrom

Harry Carey Jr. ... Dwight Eisenhower

Patrick Wayne ... Abner 'Cherub' Overton
Sean McClory ... Dinny Maher

Peter Graves ... Cpl. Rudolph Heinz

Milburn Stone ... Capt. John Pershing
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Mrs. Koehler (as Erin O'Brien Moore)
Walter Ehlers ... Mike Shannon (as Walter D. Ehlers)

Willis Bouchey ... Maj. Thomas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Barclay ... McDonald (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Bit (uncredited)
Richard Bishop ... (uncredited)
Dona Cole ... Peggy (uncredited)

Chuck Courtney ... Whitey Larson (uncredited)

Ken Curtis ... Specialty (uncredited)
Lisa Davis ... Nell (uncredited)
Diane DeLaire ... Nurse (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... Priest (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle ... Nun (uncredited)
Jack Ellis ... Bit (uncredited)
Robert Ellis ... Cadet Short (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Football Fan, Army / Notre Dame Game (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Bit (uncredited)

Steve Forrest ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... (uncredited)

Tom Hennesy ... Cadet Dotson (uncredited)
John Herrin ... Cadet Ramsey (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy ... Cadet Kennedy (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer ... Superintendent (uncredited)
Robert Knapp ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Leon McLaughlin ... Bit (uncredited)

Martin Milner ... Jim O'Carberry (uncredited)
Jean Moorhead ... Girl (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Bit (uncredited)
Donald Murphy ... Army Captain (uncredited)
James O'Hara ... Cadet Thorne (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Priest (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Recruiting Sergeant (uncredited)
Russell P. Reeder ... Commandant of Cadets (uncredited)
Robert Roark ... Cadet Pirelli (uncredited)
Mickey Roth ... Cadet Stern (uncredited)
Keith Schultz ... Kitty's Infant Son (uncredited)
Kevin Schultz ... Kitty's Infant Son (uncredited)
Jim Sears ... Knute Rockne (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... New York Policeman (uncredited)
Elbert Steele ... The President (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Waiter (uncredited)
Norm Van Brocklin ... Gus Dorias (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Edward Hope (screenplay)

Marty Maher (based upon "Bringing Up the Brass" by) and
Nardi Reeder Campion (based upon "Bringing Up the Brass" by)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. (director of photography)
Charles Lang (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair styles
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Corrick .... assistant director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
John P. Livadary .... sound (as John Livadary)
Richard Olson .... re-recording
Ernest Reichert .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Fritz Ford .... stunt double (uncredited)
Guy Way .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Duning .... musical adaptation
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
Paul Mertz .... additional music adaptor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Francis Cugat .... Technicolor color consultant
George McIntyre .... technical adviser (as Lt. Col. George McIntyre)
George Pappas .... technical adviser (as Major George Pappas)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Ford's The Long Gray Line" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
138 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17118) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 13 secondsSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Interrupting the sermon, an announcement is made in the chapel regarding the Pearl Harbor attacks. On hearing the announcement, everyone spontaneously stands and sings a hymn, despite never being instructed to sing and never being told which hymn to sing.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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Soundtrack:
My Country, 'Tis of TheeSee more »

FAQ

Robert Francis---Was His Career Moving Into High Geer?
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
All Ford and all heart, 6 February 2000
Author: BobLib from Cherry Hill, New Jersey

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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