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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 »
Genre:
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:
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User Reviews:
good movie See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 stylist
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)
 
Visual Effects by
Bridgid O'Donnell .... restoration supervisor (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
Country:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Walter Ehlers ("Mike Shannon") received the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism on July 9/10, 1944, at Normandy, France. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 18th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The lyrics cadets "spontaneously" sing in chapel is the rarely-heard fourth verse of "America" ("My country 'tis of thee."). These lyrics are not included in any Christian hymnals. Instead different lyrics are included for use in church services: "God bless our native land."See more »
Quotes:
Martin 'Marty' Maher:[repeated line; every time he's referred to as "Paddy"] *Martin* is the name.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Color GuardSee more »

FAQ

Robert Francis---Was His Career Moving Into High Geer?
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
good movie, 24 September 2005
Author: KyleFurr2 from United States

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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