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The Private War of Major Benson (1955)

As a disciplinary measure, the Army transfers a heavy-handed Major to a ROTC academy where he must shape-up cadets and improve the school's overall ratings.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson
... Dr. Kay Lambert
... John
... Cadet Thomas 'Tiger' Flaherty
... Mother Redempta
... Cadet Lt. Gerald Hibler
... Cadet Col. Sylvester Dusik
... Maj. Gen. Wilton J. Ramsey
Mary Field ... Sister Mary Theresa
... Cadet Cpl. Scawalski (as Donald Keeler)
Gary Pagett ... Cadet Lt. Molony
Mickey Little ... Cadet Lt. Hanratty
... Harold Hibler
... Young Lieutenant
... Monsignor Collins
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Storyline

A Major noted for advancing with his mouth before thinking is given a choice: to be drummed out of the Army, or take command of and shape up the ROTC program at Sheridan Academy before it fails its next inspection. At Sheridan he encounters three hundred pre-teen cadets who range from rascally to adorable, and a female doctor who has just the right prescription for him. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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They're out to bust the Major See more »

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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2 December 1955 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

La guerra privada del mayor Benson  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Charlton Heston took no salary for this movie, instead he took a piece of the box-office. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Lieutenant: Major, you're exposed!
Maj. Bernard 'Barney' Benson: Get the men back to their original positions. We'll try it again.
Young Lieutenant: Major, we've executed the maneuver 27 times since noon. The men are tired.
Maj. Bernard 'Barney' Benson: They missed their objective by 17 seconds. Now do it till they do it right.
Young Lieutenant: Yes, sir.
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Remade as Major Payne (1995) See more »

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Toy Tiger
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
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A memorable "springboard" movie
26 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Before Charlton Heston became a Biblical era plaything, before Milburn Stone tended to the sick as Doc Adams in Gunsmoke, before Tim Considine became a fixture in the productions of Walter Elias Disney, and most of all, before Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher told us to Leave it to Beaver and later meet The Munsters, they all participated in this unforgettable gem of a movie set at a Catholic military school. Oh yes, let us not forget some other significant players, William Demarest, who later played Uncle Charlie on My Three Sons, David Janssen, who later played Richard Diamond and then The Fugitive, and that unforgettable teen idol, Sal Mineo, who starred in Rebel Without a Cause.

Have I mentioned all of the springboard players?

Moving right along, one will never really know the star potential of child performer Tim Hovey. I understand that Mr. Hovey took his own life in later years.

Anyway, The Private War of Major Benson is a charming vehicle that should never be forgotten nearly 50 years after its initial release.


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