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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martin 'Marty' Maher
... Mary O'Donnell
... James N. Sundstrom Jr.
... Old Martin
... Capt. Herman J. Kohler
... Kitty Carter
... Charles 'Chuck' Dotson (as Phil Carey)
... James Nilsson 'Red' Sundstrom
... Dwight Eisenhower
... Abner 'Cherub' Overton
... Dinny Maher
... Cpl. Rudolph Heinz
... Capt. John Pershing
... Mrs. Koehler (as Erin O'Brien Moore)
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>

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


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Release Date:

4 January 1955 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

John Ford's The Long Gray Line  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,748,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,100,000, 31 December 1955
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

John Ford cast Jack Lemmon as Ens. Frank Pulver in Mister Roberts (1955) after having seen him test for this film. See more »

Goofs

Interrupting the sermon, an announcement is made in the chapel regarding the Pearl Harbor attacks. On hearing the announcement, everyone spontaneously stands and sings a hymn, despite never being instructed to sing and never being told which hymn to sing. 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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Soundtracks

Father O'Flynn
(uncredited)
Traditional
Music Arranged by Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyrics by Alfred Perceval Graves
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Pleasant Surprise!!
17 August 2000 | by See 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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