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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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DeForest Kelley, the future Dr. McCoy of Star Trek fame, plays a medic in an uncredited role. His first words in the film were "He's dead captain." See more »

Goofs

As Betsy is driving Tom home from the train at the beginning of the film, the car doesn't correctly respond to how she moves the steering wheel. See more »

Quotes

Judge Bernstein: [referring to a man who is trying to cheat Tom Rath out of his home] If you're going to be slick, be slick in the city. They're not as smart there.
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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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Something about Jennifer Jones...
13 October 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

her character in this film, has been a source of annoyance. I wonder if it just the paralysis women were living in in that era? The story is interesting; Gregory Peck as an ethical executive, trying to get ahead; his wife seems more concerned with his inheritance, apparently his relative has died and left him a mansion in rural (at the time)Connecticut.

This American dream is deferred when Peck learns he has sired a child during the war. He wants to do the right thing, as the child is living in poverty.

Peck's children are particularly annoying. They watch television 24/7 and their father is only of interest to them if he brings them a present. This for some reason reminded me of shows like "Father Knows Best" where all was well at hearth and home, and every other problem in life was solved. Perhaps this paternalistic view is some source of our family problems today; If Dad couldn't fix everything, who could?.

Lee J. Cobb portrays the family lawyer, and there is some hint of class differences, as Peck's family butler assumes control of the estate; and a legal battle ensues. It is still interesting today to reflect on the dichotomy of values, family was important, but materialism was ever more present in the American psyche. A country house in Connecticut was "de rigeur" for a successful executive.

Overall, an interesting commentary on American suburban life circa 1956. 8/10.


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USA

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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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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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