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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

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Dr. Kay Lambert
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John
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Cadet Thomas 'Tiger' Flaherty
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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
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Harold Hibler
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Young Lieutenant
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Monsignor Collins
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

La guerra privada del mayor Benson  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

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(Technicolor)

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Lieutenant: Major, you're exposed!
Maj. Bernard 'Barney' Benson: Get the men back to their original positions. We'll try it again.
Young Lieutenant: Major, we've executed the maneuver 27 times since noon. The men are tired.
Maj. Bernard 'Barney' Benson: They missed their objective by 17 seconds. Now do it till they do it right.
Young Lieutenant: Yes, sir.
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Connections

Remade as Major Payne (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Toy Tiger
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
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Heston Plays it to the Hilt!
18 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

My subject line says it all. If you think of Heston only as a dour Moses or as a super-conservative NRA president, prepare to be surprised. There was not one sloppy performance in this film; and the effect is charming. I guarantee you will come away from this movie in a cheerful mood.


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