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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit -- An ex-army officer heads home after the war to pursue a career as a television writer, but he soon finds out from his unhappy boss that the industry isn't all that he hoped.
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Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Sloan Wilson (novel)
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Release Date:
8 May 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(6 articles)
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Sprawling Story Doesn't Pull Well Together 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)
Gene Ardell ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Jim Brandt ... German Soldier (uncredited)
John Breen ... Waiter (uncredited)
Kenneth Brischof ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Alfred Caiazza ... Italian Boy (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Walter Johnson (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Florence (uncredited)

Johnny Crawford ... Italian Boy with Groceries (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Business Executive (uncredited)
Stuart W. Culp ... Paratrooper (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)
Clark Howat ... Soldier (uncredited)
William Hudson ... Paratrooper (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)
Gene Reynolds ... 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)
Langdon A. Viracola ... Paratrooper (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 16 secondsSee more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the end of the movie, when Betsy's at the police station, Tom asks Betsy over the phone if there are any charges against her. The policeman answers, "Just bring the license" before Betsy can ask him if there are any charges.See more »
Quotes:
Maria Montagne:Could you possibly give me some Spam?
Tom Rath:You like Spam?
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Soundtrack:
Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia TechSee more »

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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Sprawling Story Doesn't Pull Well Together, 8 November 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones who ten years earlier lit up the screen in Duel from the Sun get together again for a film that's as far removed from that classic as George Washington to George Bush.

The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit just doesn't translate well for the screen. A whole lot of plot elements, some in themselves could be film subjects, don't quite mesh together to make a whole film.

Gregory Peck is Mr. Fifties typical suburbanite with the wife, three kids and a mortgage and looking to do better for himself and his family. One of his commuter friends, Gene Lockhart tells him of a job opening at a TV network and he applies for it. The head man, Fredric March likes him enough, but Peck arouses the jealousy of others in the place like Henry Daniell and Arthur O'Connell.

He's also got an inheritance problem when he gets a sprawling estate from his grandmother and then her caretaker, Joseph Sweeney, looks to contest the will. And he's got something dropped on his doorstep from his World War II service as a result of a wartime romance.

Some parts of The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit are nicely done. My favorite moment in it is when Lee J. Cobb playing a judge in an informal hearing in his chambers deals rather nicely with the issues Sweeney raises.

Fredric March as the communications tycoon is drawn from William S. Paley of CBS and does very well. I'm not sure why his family problems get put into the story. He's having problems with his rebellious teenage daughter Gigi Perreau. That could have been a film unto itself.

Even the wartime flashbacks could have been a film plot easily. Keenan Wynn as Captain Peck's sergeant and Marisa Pavan as his wartime inamorata do very well in their roles. I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't inspired by Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby.

Jones and Peck still have a lot of good chemistry left over. I wish they had been given a more coherent story to act in.

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