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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 8 May 1956 (USA)
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An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well.

Director:

Nunnally Johnson

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Sloan Wilson (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Tom Rath
Jennifer Jones ... Betsy Rath
Fredric March ... Ralph Hopkins
Marisa Pavan ... Maria Montagne
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Bernstein
Ann Harding ... Helen Hopkins
Keenan Wynn ... Sgt. Caesar Gardella
Gene Lockhart ... Bill Hawthorne
Gigi Perreau ... Susan Hopkins
Portland Mason Portland Mason ... Janey Rath
Arthur O'Connell ... Gordon Walker
Henry Daniell ... Bill Ogden
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Manter
Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney ... Edward M. Schultz
Sandy Descher ... Barbara Rath
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Tom Rath lives in Connecticut and commutes to work every day in Manhattan. He's happily married and has a loving wife and three children. Money is a bit tight and when the opportunity arises, he applies for a public relations job with a major television network. During his long commute to work everyday, Tom reminisces about the war. Although 10 years have gone by, he is still haunted by the violence and the men he killed. He also thinks of Maria, an Italian girl with whom he had an affair while stationed in Rome. At his new job, the head of the network Ralph Hopkins takes an immediate liking to him. Tom soon realizes that he will have to choose between becoming a wholly dedicated company man or maintaining a healthy work-life balance. When he learns that Maria gave birth to his son after he left Italy, he decides to let his wife know and ensure that the boy is cared for. Written by garykmcd

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His loves...his world---both past and present---and the crisis they caused! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

The trailer for 1957's "Peyton Place" used Bernard Herrmann's music from the soundtrack of "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit". When Peyton Place was finally released, it had a score by Franz Waxman. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Tom Rath and his paratroopers belong to the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, which actually saw combat in Italy during World War II. In reality (unlike the film), the 509th did not get sent to the Pacific Theater to fight the Japanese (or make a combat jump there) after the battalion's tour in Italy was over. See more »

Quotes

Maria Montagne: Could you possibly give me some Spam?
Tom Rath: You like Spam?
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Crazy Credits

Once it fades in, the 20th Century Fox logo (set to the film's dramatic opening credits music, rather than the traditional Fox fanfare) appears in a slightly smaller CinemaScope windowbox, slowly panning to normal size (correctly fitting the CinemaScope screen) before fadeout. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'm a) Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
(1908) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Billy Walthall
Music by Frank Roman and Mike Greenblatt
based on "Son of a Gambolier"
Music by Charles Ives (1895)
Played on the ukulele by Gregory Peck
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Fifties on parade in Gregory Peck corporate melodrama
24 January 2001 | by Steve-318See all my reviews

Now I now why everyone had to move to the suburbs in the 1950's. Everyone was looking for Lee J. Cobb, who plays the benificent judge who keeps hauling Gregory Peck's derriere out of the fire. Peck is just your average war hero now slogging through corporate trenches who runs into a problem or two but the suburb-based judge is there to bail him out.

Fredric March is the business tycoon who's sacrificed his family for the company, a TV network, wouldn't you know? Spend a lot of time with your family, March advises Peck. I would but they keep watching TV, our star suggests. Then smash that TV, March declares, undoubtedly echoing the view of movie studios of that period who could see the handwriting on the wall.

But a more telling vision of what was to come is shown when Peck sends the children to bed but lingers to watch the cowboy movie that entranced the kids. Instead of leaving, Peck sits down in front of the set as the scene fades.

As any kind of insight into corporate light, this film moves far too stiffly to be critical but there's a soap opera feel to the goings-on that is somewhat captivating.


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Release Date:

8 May 1956 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,670,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

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2.55 : 1
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