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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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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Connections

Remade as Major Payne (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Toy Tiger
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
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" We'll have to transform these milk drinking boys into whiskey drinking men "
11 October 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

From the ranks of the U.S. Army comes the story of a veteran Korean War officer who believes, soldiers made of iron, can be molded from the ranks of the very young. Charlton Heston plays Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson a hard bitten officer who has been brought to the brink of his career, by publishing his personal motto in Newsweek magazine. Repremanded by his commanding officer, Maj. Gen Wilton Ramsey (Milburn Stone,) he is given a choice, either he can resign his commission or accept an assignment at a Catholic ROTC school. Having little choice, he accepts his new assignment where he meets school doctor Kay Lambert (Julie Adams). The school has a failing score and it's his task to train the students to pass their next inspection. With William Demarest as John, Tim Hovey as Flaherty, Tim Considine as Hibler and Sal Mineo as Cadet Col. Sylvester Dusik, the school accepts their new commander, but weather he stays long remains to be seen. This comedy with Heston playing a straight lace is one which belongs in your private library as it's not too often he accepts humorous roles. The result of director Jerry Hopper, story written by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher is the creation of a fine family movie and one which easily makes it a Classic. ****


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