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The Private War of Major Benson (1955)

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A Major noted for advancing with his mouth before thinking is given a choice: to be drummed out of the Army, or take command of and shape up the ROTC program at Sheridan Academy before it ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Kay Lambert
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John
Tim Hovey ...
Cadet Thomas 'Tiger' Flaherty
Nana Bryant ...
Mother Redempta
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Cadet Lt. Gerald Hibler
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Cadet Col. Sylvester Dusik
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Maj. Gen. Wilton J. Ramsey
Mary Field ...
Sister Mary Theresa
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Cadet Cpl. Scawalski (as Donald Keeler)
Gary Pagett ...
Cadet Lt. Molony
Mickey Little ...
Cadet Lt. Hanratty
Don Haggerty ...
Harold Hibler
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Young Lieutenant
Richard H. Cutting ...
Monsignor Collins
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A Major noted for advancing with his mouth before thinking is given a choice: to be drummed out of the Army, or take command of and shape up the ROTC program at Sheridan Academy before it fails its next inspection. At Sheridan he encounters three hundred pre-teen cadets who range from rascally to adorable, and a female doctor who has just the right prescription for him. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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2 December 1955 (Finland)  »

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A Guerra Privada do Major Benson  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Charlton Heston took no salary for this movie, instead he took a piece of the box-office. See more »

Quotes

Mother Redempta: [showing Benson a portrait of a priest] This is our school's founder. He was canonized in 1857.
Maj. Bernard 'Barney' Benson: Aw, gee... That's too bad.
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Referenced in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.38 (1955) See more »

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A nice little change of pace
26 February 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very unusual film for Charlton Heston, as he plays a hard as nails major that is forced to be the commandant of a boys military school. Seeing his gruff and perfectionistic ways meet the reality that these are only children makes this a cute film and HIGHLY reminiscent of Clifton Webb's MR. SCOUTMASTER--another great family film about a grumpy old guy who is eventually tamed by the boys. Sure, this makes the film awfully predictable, but sometimes I am just a sucker for a little bit of sentimentality--provided it is paired with some comedy to keep it from being too schmaltzy--as in the case of this film. Also, like MR. SCOUTMASTER, the real star of the film is a very small and very endearing little boy--played in this film by an adorable Tim Hovey. The bottom line is for all this to work, the film had to be well-written and the writers DID earn an Oscar nomination for Best Original Story. So see this film--and MR. SCOUTMASTER--two excellent family films that are lots of fun regardless of your age.

FYI--This film was later remade as MAJOR PAYNE.


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