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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

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



(screenplay), (novel)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Rath
Betsy Rath
Ralph Hopkins
Maria Montagne
Judge Bernstein
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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His loves...his world---both past and present---and the crisis they caused! See more »


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Release Date:

8 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre del traje gris  »

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2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of Gregory Peck's movie children was played by Portland Mason, who was the daughter of actor James Mason, and an Italian delivery boy was played by Johnny Crawford a few years before he would achieve fame on the popular TV Western, "The Rifleman". See more »


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 »


Maria Montagne: Could you possibly give me some Spam?
Tom Rath: You like Spam?
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Referenced in Cheers: The Sam in the Grey Flannel Suit (1988) See more »


(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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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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