The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

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An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Rath
Betsy Rath
Ralph Hopkins
Maria Montagne
Judge Bernstein
Ann Harding ...
Helen Hopkins
Sgt. Caesar Gardella
Bill Hawthorne
Susan Hopkins
Portland Mason ...
Janey Rath
Gordon Walker
Bill Ogden
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Manter
Joseph Sweeney ...
Edward M. Schultz
Sandy Descher ...
Barbara Rath


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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8 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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The trailer for The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit features the original soundtrack from the film All About Eve. See more »


At the very end of the movie, Tom shifts the 1950 Ford manual transmission into reverse in order to pull forward. See more »


Tom Rath: I don't know anything about public relations.
Bill Hawthorne: Who does? You've got a clean shirt and you bathe everyday. That's all there is to it.
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Powerhouse Cast in Fine Drama
14 September 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Ten years after Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones lit up the screen with their torrid love-hate relationship in "Duel in the Sun," they were reunited in this engrossing business-domestic drama.

The two were surrounded by a great cast, headed by Fredric March and Lee J. Cobb, to offer a sincere portrait of a junior Madison Avenue exec who must choose between being a "big CEO" or a "second-tier nine-to-fiver".

Director/screenwriter Nunnaly Johnson guided the actors in uniformly well-modulated performances, all deeply felt and cleanly expressed. Keenan Wynn offered a surprisingly subtle and touching performance as well, in a film produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, with a Bernard Herrmann score.

What a treat it is to watch these fine thespians breathe life into most intriguing characters from Sloan Wilson's thoughtful novel.

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