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.
Maureen O'Hara - Actress, MIRACLE ON 34 STREET, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Maureen FitzSimmons - Actress, MIRACLE ON 34 STREET, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Marty Maher - Writer
Charles Lawton Jr.
William Leslie - Actor
Robert Francis - American Actor
Donald Crisp - Actor/Director
Morris Stoloff - Music Director/Conductor
Morris Stolhoff - Music Director/Conductor
M. W. Stoloff - Music Director/Conductor
Robert Arthur - Producer
Bob Arthur - Producer
Robert Ellis - Actor, late '40s-early '50s, child/teen star
Tyrone Power - Actor, NIGHTMARE ALLEY/WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
Tyrone Edmund Power Jr. - Actor, NIGHTMARE ALLEY/WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
Patrick Wayne - American Supporting Actor
John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
William A. Lyon - American Editor
William Lyon - American Editor
Robert Peterson - Art Director
Edward Hope - Screenwriter
Ward Bond - American Character Actor
Betsy Palmer - American Actress
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.
"...Passionately filmed..." - 06/12/1992 USA Today, p.3D