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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
Connie Gilchrist ...
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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8 May 1956 (USA)  »

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$2,670,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,875,000 (USA)
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The train station scenes were filmed at the former New Haven Railroad Westport and Saugatuck station. In 2017 it is called simply Westport station and train service is provided by Metro North Railroad. See more »

Goofs

As Betsy is driving Tom home from the train at the beginning of the film, the car doesn't correctly respond to how she moves the steering wheel. 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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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 30 September 1963 (1963) See more »

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(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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a movie for all generations
6 February 2004 | by (saint charles, il USA) – See all my reviews

This film reaches far beyond its time. In every way, shape and form; from the troubles to the triumphs of the protaganist, to the intensity and sincerity of its ethos, this cinematic work is an under exposed classic. It is my hope that this film be rediscovered and in doing so help those lost in a sea of moral relativity to detect delineation. The story cleary exposes the moral and emotional importance of honesty and its consequences. Additionally, the issue of war-time trauma is touched upon and its long-term impact on personal and professional relationships.

The performances by all are outstanding and will resonate with the viewer dramatically. As a gen x'r, I found this film to be a breath of fresh air. I am not alone. I pray that this story will be recirculated - for its impact is profound.


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