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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 8 May 1956 (USA)
An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well.

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Tom Rath
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Betsy Rath
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Ralph Hopkins
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Maria Montagne
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Judge Bernstein
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Helen Hopkins
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Sgt. Caesar Gardella
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Bill Hawthorne
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Susan Hopkins
Portland Mason ...
Janey Rath
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Gordon Walker
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Bill Ogden
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Mrs. Manter
Joseph Sweeney ...
Edward M. Schultz
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Barbara Rath
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Storyline

Tom Rath lives in Connecticut and commutes to work every day in Manhattan. He's happily married and has a loving wife and three children. Money is a bit tight and when the opportunity arises, he applies for a public relations job with a major television network. During his long commute to work everyday, Tom reminisces about the war. Although 10 years have gone by, he is still haunted by the violence and the men he killed. He also thinks of Maria, an Italian girl with whom he had an affair while stationed in Rome. At his new job, the head of the network Ralph Hopkins takes an immediate liking to him. Tom soon realizes that he will have to choose between becoming a wholly dedicated company man or maintaining a healthy work-life balance. When he learns that Maria gave birth to his son after he left Italy, he decides to let his wife know and ensure that the boy is cared for. Written by garykmcd

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His loves...his world---both past and present---and the crisis they caused! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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8 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann im grauen Flanell  »

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Budget:

$2,670,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,875,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Fredric March's character Ralph Hopkins is introduced with the exact same visual and plot premise as his character Jordan Lyman would be eight years later in Seven Days in May (1964): pulling down his sleeve after his doctor takes his blood pressure and advises him to take things easy for a while for the sake of his health. See more »

Goofs

During the combat parachute jump shown in the film, the paratroopers are shown jumping from C-119 aircraft, a type that was not yet available during World War II. See more »

Quotes

Tom Rath: I don't know anything about public relations.
Bill Hawthorne: Who does? You've got a clean shirt and you bathe every day. That's all there is to it.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cannonball Run (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'm a) Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
(1908) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Billy Walthall
Music by Frank Roman and Mike Greenblatt
based on "Son of a Gambolier"
Music by Charles Ives (1895)
Played on the ukulele by Gregory Peck
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29 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful film about a returning WW II vet having trouble fitting back into society, and feeling like a cog in some giant wheel. He also has to deal with flashbacks, and his indiscretion, which wind up affecting his marriage. A classic film. Should be on all Top 100 lists.


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