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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Sloan Wilson (novel)
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Release Date:
8 May 1956 (USA) See more »
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The year's most dramatic book...the year's most distinguished picture! See more »
Plot:
An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(5 articles)

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a great movie in need of better editing See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Tom Rath

Jennifer Jones ... Betsy Rath

Fredric March ... Ralph Hopkins

Marisa Pavan ... Maria Montagne

Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Bernstein
Ann Harding ... Helen Hopkins

Keenan Wynn ... Sgt. Caesar Gardella

Gene Lockhart ... Bill Hawthorne

Gigi Perreau ... Susan Hopkins
Portland Mason ... Janey Rath

Arthur O'Connell ... Gordon Walker

Henry Daniell ... Bill Ogden
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Manter
Joseph Sweeney ... Edward M. Schultz
Sandy Descher ... Barbara Rath
Mickey Maga ... Pete Rath
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tristram Coffin ... Byron Holgate (scenes deleted)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Antonio Bulaga (scenes deleted)

Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Hopkins' Maid (uncredited)
Leon Alton ... Cliff Otis (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Jim Brandt ... German Soldier (uncredited)
John Breen ... Waiter (uncredited)
Alfred Caiazza ... Italian Boy (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Walter Johnson (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Florence (uncredited)

Johnny Crawford ... Italian Boy with Groceries (uncredited)

Robert Fuller ... (uncredited)
Paul Glass ... Soldier (uncredited)
Roy Glenn ... Sgt. Matthews (uncredited)
Phyllis Graffeo ... Gina Gardella (uncredited)
Lee Graham ... Crew Chief (uncredited)
Jerry Hall ... Freddie (uncredited)

Joy Harmon ... (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Alfred J. Sims (uncredited)

DeForest Kelley ... Medic (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Army Corporal on Leave (uncredited)
King Lockwood ... Business Executive (uncredited)

Nan Martin ... Polly Lawrence (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Police Sgt. Haggerty (uncredited)

Dorothy Phillips ... Mr. Hopkins' Maid (uncredited)
William Phipps ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Elevator-Starter (uncredited)
Bob Taylor ... Paratrooper (uncredited)

Kenneth Tobey ... Lt. Hank Mahoney (uncredited)
Renata Vanni ... Italian Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Miriam (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Hopkins' Physician (uncredited)
Raymond Winston ... Italian Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Nunnally Johnson 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)

Sloan Wilson (novel)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gaston Glass .... production manager (uncredited)
Saul Wurtzel .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Herman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton R. Krasner .... location photographer (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
John Intlekofer .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Other crew
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Richard H. Case .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
153 min | West Germany:122 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #17865) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The opening shot of a New Haven Railroad train supposedly shows Tom's train home, leaving New York in the evening. But then the sunlight should be on its left side (as it is in the interior shot following).See more »
Quotes:
Judge Bernstein:[referring to a man who is trying to cheat Tom Rath out of his home] If you're going to be slick, be slick in the city. They're not as smart there.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia TechSee more »

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40 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
a great movie in need of better editing, 11 April 2001
Author: Dtkoyzis from Ontario, Canada

I had trouble finding this film in the local video store but finally saw it on television. It's well worth watching. It's a wonderful commentary on the American suburban corporate culture emerging in the years following the second World War. Peck plays the stereotypical businessman living in Connecticut and taking the New Haven Railroad into New York City each day. He is faced with a number of seemingly mundane dilemmas, such as settling a deceased relative's estate, how to deal with a dissatisfied wife more ambitious than he, whether to switch jobs for better pay, and whether he should tell his new boss what he *needs* rather than *wants* to hear. Hanging over him are the ever-present memories of his wartime combat experience, which intrude on him occasionally – especially during those otherwise empty hours spent commuting on the train.

I disagree with the reviewer who found the film boring apart from the war scenes. One of the reasons why this film works so well is that it regularly jolts the viewer, nearly lulled into complacency by the apparent ordinariness of suburban life, with those sudden flashbacks of the horrors of war. The juxtaposition of these quite different scenes was quite deliberate and speaks volumes in itself. How is it possible for someone who has spent four years both killing and avoiding death to settle into a normal life of family and work? Obviously it's not easy.

Furthermore, death continues to haunt the family in various, almost light-hearted ways, particularly by way of the children who were born after the carnage had ended and for whom death is no more real than the gunfights in those television westerns to which they are so conspicuously addicted. A scene near the beginning has one of the girls suffering from chicken pox, a fairly minor malady, as everyone knows. But she tells her father she has "small pox" and her sister keeps teasing her with the morbid suggestion that she is going to die. The father tells her to stop, but she keeps it up. He knows what death is all about; his children do not.

The term "workaholic" had not yet been coined in 1956, but the contrast between the man who chooses a fuller, less driven life – including time for family – and the man married to his career could not have been more starkly portrayed. The viewers find themselves applauding the choice Peck eventually makes and pitying March for not having done so himself.

I am a great fan of the score's composer, Bernard Herrmann, whose music is uniquely capable of evoking a range of strong emotions in the listener. The music here is typically Herrmann, although it is not as central a "character" in this film as are his scores in, say, "Vertigo" and "Psycho." It is impossible to imagine the latter two films without the music, while this film seems less obviously dependent on its score.

Although I quite liked this film, it is overly long and could have been better edited. The several subplots needed to be better integrated into the whole. What, for example, was the purpose of the challenge to Peck's inheritance, other than to show the persistent salvific role Cobb played in his life? This subplot could easily have been cut and the film would have suffered nothing in terms of its overall impact. In fact, it might have been better for being more tightly constructed.

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