The Long Gray Line

The Long Gray Line
The Long Gray Line
  • NR
  • 2h 17m
  • 1955
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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.
© 1954 Rota Productions, Ltd., renewed 1982 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dennis Schwartz

Eloquently and simply directed by John Ford.

June 22, 2017
Classic Film and Television
Michael E. Grost

Heartbreaking drama, with many unusual film making approaches.

June 21, 2017
Steve Crum

Atmospheric, unusual Tyrone Power vehicle--no less different for director John Ford.

April 11, 2019
Emanuel Levy

April 11, 2019
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 10, 1955
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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