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The Private War of Major Benson (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Romance | 2 December 1955 (Finland)
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.

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writers:

William Roberts (screenplay), Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson
Julie Adams ... Dr. Kay Lambert
William Demarest ... John
Tim Hovey ... Cadet Thomas 'Tiger' Flaherty
Nana Bryant ... Mother Redempta
Tim Considine ... Cadet Lt. Gerald Hibler
Sal Mineo ... Cadet Col. Sylvester Dusik
Milburn Stone ... Maj. Gen. Wilton J. Ramsey
Mary Field ... Sister Mary Theresa
Joey D. Vieira ... Cadet Cpl. Scawalski (as Donald Keeler)
Gary Pagett Gary Pagett ... Cadet Lt. Molony
Mickey Little Mickey Little ... Cadet Lt. Hanratty
Don Haggerty ... Harold Hibler
David Janssen ... Young Lieutenant
Richard H. Cutting ... 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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Comedy | Family | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1955 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

La guerra privada del mayor Benson See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, who co-wrote the screenplay, are best known as the creators of the long running television show Leave it to Beaver (1957). 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
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Music by Henry Mancini
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Hoisted by his own Heston
2 June 2002 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

Forget "I was a teenage Moses", this may well be Heston's magnum opus. For once women are not second fiddle, quite the contrary. Any movie with Sal Mineo is worth watching. I haven't seen them all, but those I've seen have been quite good. Tim Hovey is another estimable thespian. His end came too soon, but his life seems to have been a happy one. This is a very happy, cheerful movie which can teach movie makers a thing of three about simplicity and naturalness.


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