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The Long Gray Line

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Directed by John Ford
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by Nardi Reeder Campion
Edward Hope
Marty Maher
Starring Tyrone Power
Maureen O'Hara
Music by W. Franke Harling
Cinematography Charles Lawton Jr.
Charles Lang
Editing by William A. Lyon
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) January 22, 1955
Running time 138 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,748,000 (estimated)

The Long Gray Line is a 1955 American drama film directed by John Ford. Inspired by the true life story of Marty Maher, Tyrone Power stars as the scrappy Irish immigrant whose 50-year career at West Point saw him transformed from dishwasher to non-commissioned officer and athletic instructor. Maureen O'Hara, one of Ford's favorite leading ladies, plays Marty's wife and fellow immigrant, Mary O'Donnell. The film costars Ward Bond as Herman J. Koehler, the Master of the Sword (athletic director) who first befriends Maher.Milburn Stone appears as John J. Pershing who in 1898, swears Maher in the Army and Harry Carey, Jr. makes a short appearance as a young cadet, Dwight D. Eisenhower Class of 1915, "The Class The Stars Fell On."[1]

The phrase "The Long Gray Line" is used to describe, as a continuum, all graduates and cadets of the USMA at West Point, New York. Many of the scenes in the film were shot on location at West Point, including the "million dollar view" of the Hudson River near the parade grounds. The film was the last one in which young actor Robert Francis appeared before his early death at age 25.


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