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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Sloan Wilson (novel)
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Release Date:
8 May 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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(5 articles)

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Suburbia circa 1950s 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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
The trailer for 1957's "Peyton Place" used Bernard Herrmann's music from the soundtrack of "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit". When Peyton Place was finally released, it had a score by Franz Waxman.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:
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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Soundtrack:
Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia TechSee more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Suburbia circa 1950s, 3 March 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

The novel by Sloan Wilson, in which this film is based, offered an innovative view of the life in a small "bedroom community" in the Connecticut of the 50s. Nunnally Johnson, the director, and adapter, tried to bring the essence of the book to a film that would make sense of the text. At times, Mr. Johnson succeeds, but the film he gave us is a bit dated when one looks at it today.

Granted, some things never change, but the conflicts that made the basis for this melodrama, have been dealt with, more effectively in other, more distinguished films.

If you haven't seen the film, perhaps you should stop here.

In the center of the story we are presented with the epitome of decency: Gregory Peck. This great man was an excellent actor, his honesty exudes from every pore of his body. As Tom Rath, the former Captain of WWII, he has kept a secret that comes to haunt him at a crucial point of his life. Tom is ambitious, but he will not play the game until the kind president of the corporation has a heart to heart talk with him, recognizing Tom is a rare commodity in the business world.

The film offers a view of the complexity that is the corporation, as we knew it then. Greed had not taken over business yet. But what comes across clearly is the ambition of the people in the game of climbing the ladder of success.

Tom is happily married to Betsy, who shows signs that maybe she'll become either an alcoholic, or a Stepford wife. Her life goes into a tail spin because of the reality she must face in accepting what Tom has kept hidden inside. Betsy is not an endearing character; she doesn't elicit our sympathy until the end of the film, in which she comes to accept her lot in life. Jennifer Jones' interpretation of Betsy is not as effective in this film, perhaps because of the direction given by Mr. Johnson.

The cast if first rate. Fredric March and Lee J. Cobb, two of the best all time actors of the American stage and screen give life to both of the characters they play. Seen in the pivotal role of Maria, Marisa Pavan, the gorgeous Italian actress makes an impression on us. Keenan Wynn, also, has a small, but important part in the film.

View this movie as a curiosity piece, as it has lost some of the appeal it might have caused when it first came out.

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