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- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 2, 2002
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 3.0 - English
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- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
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USA Today - 06/12/1992
Description by OLDIES.com:
Based on the true story of Marty Maher, a humble Irish immigrant who rose through the ranks to become one of West Point's most beloved instructors, The Long Gray Line
is a rousing tribute to a remarkable man and his way of life. Director John Ford and star Tyrone Power, themselves the sons of Irish immigrants, bring an extra dimension of fidelity and fervor to this inspiring biography.
Newly arrived in America, Maher's first job was as a waiter at West Point. Clumsy and boisterous, he quickly broke so much of the military academy's china that he was forced to join the army to repay his debts. But once enlisted, the rough-and-ready Dubliner served his adopted nation with rare dedication, establishing himself as an inspirational coach at West Point. Spanning 50 years and two world wars, the film shows Maher at his best, molding and motivating the young men who would become America's heroes and presidents. Filmed on location with a stellar supporting cast (including Ford favorites Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond and Harry Carey, Jr.), The Long Gray Line) is a stirring reminder of Marty Maher's proud place in history.
John Ford cast former matinee idol Tyrone Power against type in the true story of Marty Maher, a humble Irish immigrant who rose through the ranks to become one of West Point's most revered instructors. Arriving at the hallowed military academy near the turn of the 20th century, Maher first gets a job as a cafeteria dishwasher but realizes that the enlisted men receive better treatment and quickly becomes one. The life of military discipline is no easier for the Irishman, and he soon finds himself in the guardhouse after getting in a fight with an officer he mistakenly accuses of a crime. Upon his release, Capt. Herman Koehler (Ward Bond), who saw the fight and admired his pugilistic skill, offers Marty a job as the school's boxing coach. Koehler also introduces him to the quiet Irish-born cook, Mary (Maureen O'Hara), who will become his wife. As the years pass, Marty's role expands beyond his place in the athletic department as he gradually becomes one of the most beloved characters in the school's history, a second father to thousands of grateful cadets. This warmly sentimental, typically Fordian tribute to a life of service--the director's first film following a year off because of eye surgery--features a fine performance by Power as the volatile, big hearted Hibernian.
In the early 1900s, a young man leaves Ireland behind for the promise of a better life in the United States, finding work as a waiter in the West Point cafeteria before moving into the military academy itself, where he eventually becomes a well-loved instructor.
- "The Long Gray Line" is based on the experiences of real-life West Point athletic trainer Marty Maher.
- Additional cast: Walter D. Ehlers (Mike Shannon) and Chuck Courtney (Whitey Larson).
- Additional credit: Nardi R. Campion (source writer: "Bringing Up the Brass").
- Filmed in Cinemascope. Color by Technicolor.