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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

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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

8 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann im grauen Flanell See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,670,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,875,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The train station scenes were filmed at the former New Haven Railroad Westport and Saugatuck station. In 2017 it is called simply Westport station and train service is provided by Metro North Railroad. See more »

Goofs

Another post suggests that the film erred by Tom shifting his car into reverse then drives away forward at the end of the film. The car is a manual transmission Ford with a column-shifted 3 spd manual transmission with an unsynchronized first gear. A quirk of that style transmission is that at a standing stop, getting the transmission into 1st gear when the engine is running is easiest if the operator first abruptly lifts the shift lever from neutral to place the transmission into second gear, then back down into first. This prevents clash (grinding) of the unsynchronized first gear. Drivers of the era, including Gregory Peck, would have been well familiar with this technique. See more »

Quotes

Tom Rath: The most significant thing about me so far as the United Broadcasting Corporation is concerned is that I am applying for a position in its Public Relations Department and after a reasonable period of learning I believe I could do a good job. I will be glad to answer any other questions relevant to this application for employment but after giving it serious thought I am unable to convince myself that any further speculation on my importance could be of any legitimate interest or value to the ...
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Connections

Referenced in 12 Angry Men (1957) 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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29 January 2003 | by Bronco46See all my reviews

A wonderful film about a returning WW II vet having trouble fitting back into society, and feeling like a cog in some giant wheel. He also has to deal with flashbacks, and his indiscretion, which wind up affecting his marriage. A classic film. Should be on all Top 100 lists.


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