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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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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

Average Shot Length (ASL) = 16 seconds See more »

Goofs

At the very end of the movie, Tom shifts the 1950 Ford manual transmission into reverse in order to pull forward. See more »

Quotes

Tom Rath: I don't know anything about public relations.
Bill Hawthorne: Who does? You've got a clean shirt and you bathe every day. That's all there is to it.
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 30 September 1963 (1963) 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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a movie for all generations
6 February 2004 | by idtdasSee all my reviews

This film reaches far beyond its time. In every way, shape and form; from the troubles to the triumphs of the protaganist, to the intensity and sincerity of its ethos, this cinematic work is an under exposed classic. It is my hope that this film be rediscovered and in doing so help those lost in a sea of moral relativity to detect delineation. The story cleary exposes the moral and emotional importance of honesty and its consequences. Additionally, the issue of war-time trauma is touched upon and its long-term impact on personal and professional relationships.

The performances by all are outstanding and will resonate with the viewer dramatically. As a gen x'r, I found this film to be a breath of fresh air. I am not alone. I pray that this story will be recirculated - for its impact is profound.


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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 »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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