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The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 4 January 1955 (Japan)
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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 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>

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Trivia

Opening credits prologue: The United States Military Academy at West Point is 153 years old. This is the TRUE STORY of an enlisted man who was there for 50 of those years. His name is Marty Maher. See more »

Goofs

Vicente P. Lim, first cadet from the Philippine Islands, graduated with the Class of 1914, not the Class of 1915 as shown. See more »

Quotes

Martin 'Marty' Maher: [repeated line; every time he's referred to as "Paddy"] *Martin* is the name.
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Featured in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 15 January 1962 (1962) See more »

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The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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Irish heartbeats
26 July 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Although the film has a running time of two hours+ ,for it tells the story of a man's entire life ,from his enlistment (and even before) to his old age,there is never a dull moment .

John Ford was one of the most wonderful storytellers that ever was.The first part of the film is made of trivia,but everything is endearing ,moving .Take the dad's and the brother's arrival:no syrupy violins and choirs needed: the Irish are doing Mary's cooking justice and they are not in a hurry to hug Marty.The same goes for Marty/Mary when they fall in love:what could be more down to earth than this kitchen ?And however something vibrates ,as the love they all feel for the country they left behind.

The second part deals with wars and if the tone has changed ,the spirit remains intact:what could be more prosaic than burning Mary's toilet to celebrate the end of WW?Although the hero experiments tragedy ,Ford always avoids pathos and melodrama: the child's death during the celebration is given a sober treatment.Mary's passing is perhaps the most beautiful scene in the whole movie,being Fordesque to the core (remember the death of the mother in "three godfathers") and her fleeting reappearance at the very end of the movie is not irrelevant.

A life is made of small joys and big griefs.


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USA

Language:

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Release Date:

4 January 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

John Ford's The Long Gray Line See more »

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Budget:

$1,748,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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