The Long Gray Line

The Long Gray Line

John Ford (1955)

U Certificate


Our Score
One of director John Ford's most sentimental movies, this will only excite those who believe West Point Military Academy is an institution to be valued for its righteous place in the American way of life. A uniformed Goodbye, Mr Chips, it stars Tyrone Power, who arrives at the academy as a menial worker, becomes a cadet-instructor, marries Maureen O'Hara, and stays on teaching boys to be men, until time immemorial and a Ford-blessed sunset. It's beautifully crafted, but appallingly banal.


A rebellious Irish immigrant to America does not initially fit in when he joins the army, but an instructor sees his potential as a teacher and takes him on as an assistant. He spends the next five decades at a military academy, becoming an inspirational figure to generations of soldiers through both World Wars. Fact-based drama, starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara.

Cast & Crew

Marty Maher Tyrone Power
Mary O'Donnell Maureen O'Hara
James Sundstrom Jr Robert Francis
Old Martin Donald Crisp
Capt Herman J Koehler Ward Bond
Kitty Carter Betsy Palmer
Charles Dotson Philip Carey
Red Sundstrom William Leslie
Dwight Eisenhower Harry Carey Jr
Cherub Overton Patrick Wayne
Dinny Maher Sean McClory
Cpl Rudolph Heinz Peter Graves (2)
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video