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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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Comedy | Family | Romance

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2 December 1955 (Finland)  »

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La guerra privada del mayor Benson  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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2.00 : 1
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St. Catherine's Military School, which still exists in Anaheim, California, supplied the scenery and its students as extras for the film. The K through 8th grade school is the only Catholic Military School west of the Mississippi. It was established in 1880. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Bernard 'Barney' Benson: Pull yourself together, Flaherty.
Cadet Thomas 'Tiger' Flaherty: I can't help it, I'm gonna throw up!
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Referenced in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.38 (1955) See more »

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Toy Tiger
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Music by Henry Mancini
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Superbly written, directed and performed comedy.

This is a classic comedy- with wonderful performances, brilliant writing and deft comic direction. It is one of Hollywood's best, even Heston is good. He plays a tough sergeant who has embarrassed the Army too often and is sent to a boys military school to cool off and help them organize themselves into a winning football team. Along the way, he softens, mainly due to the extraordinary juvenile performance of Tim Hovey as a homeless boy who first hates, then idolizes Heston. Everything about this film is original and inspired. Julie Adams as the love interest, Nana Bryant as the Mother Superior and William Demarest as the caretaker are all marvelous. This should have been honored with noms for Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography and Score but sadly only copped one for Original Story. Seek this one out - it's a gem.


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