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The Private War of Major Benson (1955)

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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Dr. Kay Lambert
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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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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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La guerra privada del mayor Benson  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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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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Remade as Major Payne (1995) See more »

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Music by Henry Mancini
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Goliath meeting a lot of little Davids who teach him a lesson or two
1 September 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While channel hopping on TV I came across this movie being shown and had no idea it even existed. It's simply delightful to watch Charlton Heston as Major Benson learn to cope with the youngsters at the academy. I was thinking he rather resembled the "bull in a china shop" until one of the cast in the movie says Benson was like "an elephant on an escalator" which says it all.

How regrettable that Heston should have been typecast and only known for serious roles at which he excelled of course, but it's oh so pleasant to see another side of him too, the humorous side.

I've only watched the movie for a first time and look forward to future viewings because the witty dialogue overflows from almost every scene. I'll allow the experts to fill in the details for now. An enjoyable film.


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