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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 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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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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Trivia

St. Catherine's Military School, which still exists in Anaheim, California, supplied the scenery and its students as extras for the film. The K through 8th grade school is the only Catholic Military School west of the Mississippi. It was established in 1880. 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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Toy Tiger
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Music by Henry Mancini
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Goliath meeting a lot of little Davids who teach him a lesson or two
1 September 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

While channel hopping on TV I came across this movie being shown and had no idea it even existed. It's simply delightful to watch Charlton Heston as Major Benson learn to cope with the youngsters at the academy. I was thinking he rather resembled the "bull in a china shop" until one of the cast in the movie says Benson was like "an elephant on an escalator" which says it all.

How regrettable that Heston should have been typecast and only known for serious roles at which he excelled of course, but it's oh so pleasant to see another side of him too, the humorous side.

I've only watched the movie for a first time and look forward to future viewings because the witty dialogue overflows from almost every scene. I'll allow the experts to fill in the details for now. An enjoyable film.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1955 (Finland) See more »

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Budget:

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

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2.00 : 1
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