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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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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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Richard H. Cutting ...
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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2 December 1955 (Finland)  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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This movie was loosely remade in 1995 as the Damon Wayans movie, "Major Payne." See more »

Quotes

John: Are you the new soldier fella?
Maj. Bernard 'Barney' Benson: Yeah.
John: You got a lot of ribbons, what do they stand for?
Maj. Bernard 'Barney' Benson: Good conduct.
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Referenced in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.38 (1955) See more »

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Music by Henry Mancini
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Excellent comedy, even after superannuation!
17 March 2008 | by (Cambodia) – See all my reviews

The first of Heston's two comedies (The Pigeon That Took Rome followed in 1962) and the best of the pair.

Understanding his gift perfectly, Heston chased a comedy role that didn't actually require him to be funny. The pay-off is this little film that has no room for self-indulgence or ego.

The success of Benson led to Heston doing The Pigeon That Took Rome. That one isn't bad (and way ahead of some of the "comedies" that get greenlit today), but this one doesn't hit an off-key note.

Far, FAR superior to the truly dire remake (Major Payne) with Damon Wayans.


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