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The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 4 January 1955 (Japan)
In 1898, Irish immigrant Martin Maher is hired as a civilian employee at West Point where, during a 50-year career, he rises to the rank of NCO and instructor.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Edward Hope (screenplay), Marty Maher (based upon "Bringing Up the Brass" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Martin 'Marty' Maher
Maureen O'Hara ... Mary O'Donnell
Robert Francis ... James N. Sundstrom Jr.
Donald Crisp ... Old Martin
Ward Bond ... Capt. Herman J. Kohler
Betsy Palmer ... Kitty Carter
Philip Carey ... Charles 'Chuck' Dotson (as Phil Carey)
William Leslie ... James Nilsson 'Red' Sundstrom
Harry Carey Jr. ... Dwight Eisenhower
Patrick Wayne ... Abner 'Cherub' Overton
Sean McClory ... Dinny Maher
Peter Graves ... Cpl. Rudolph Heinz
Milburn Stone ... Capt. John Pershing
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Mrs. Koehler (as Erin O'Brien Moore)
Walter Ehlers Walter Ehlers ... Mike Shannon (as Walter D. Ehlers)
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Storyline

The life story of a salt-of-the-earth Irish immigrant, who becomes an Army Noncommissioned Officer and spends his 50 year career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This includes his job-related experiences as well as his family life and the relationships he develops with young cadets whom he befriends. Based on the life of a real person. Written by Dennis Huffman<dhuffman11@kc.rr.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Warms Your Heart! STIRS YOUR BLOOD! and fires your imagination!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

4 January 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

John Ford's The Long Gray Line See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,748,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,100,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Average Shot Length (ASL) = 13 seconds See more »

Goofs

One of the big scenes in the film is when Marty's firstborn son dies. Marty and Mary Maher never had any children, stillborn or otherwise. The baby's death was Hollywood fiction. See more »

Quotes

Jim O'Carberry: This is Marty Maher. Whitey Larson.
Martin 'Marty' Maher: How do you do, sir?
Jim O'Carberry: If you have any trouble with horses, drop around and see Marty.
Whitey Larson: But he's in the infantry!
Jim O'Carberry: Well naturally! He knows horses. You don't think they'd put him in the cavalry, do ya?
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Tyrone Power (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Heard at the railway station as the troops leave
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Pleasant Surprise!!
17 August 2000 | by Fire-9See all my reviews

I've been humbled! I thought of myself as a movie buff. This one slipped past me. I'm a fan of Ford and everyone in this movie. I must admit I had never heard of this movie. Terrific story telling! The music brought back a lot of memories. The old saying "they don't make 'em like that anymore" certainly applies to this one. Telling a good story and characters you care about is more important than spending $100 million. Some of our current film makers could learn from this movie. You can entertain people sitting around a camp fire telling stories. Just tell a good one and make them care. I'll be adding this film to my library!


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