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Man in the Gray Flannel Suit


Overview - Based on the novel by Sloan Wilson, director and screenwriter Nunnally Johnson's (THE THREE FACES OF EVE) multilayered drama stars Gregory Peck as a man struggling to realize the American Dream without sacrificing his family and his soul. Tom Rath seems a typical, solid business- and family man, but he suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Based on the novel by Sloan Wilson, director and screenwriter Nunnally Johnson's (THE THREE FACES OF EVE) multilayered drama stars Gregory Peck as a man struggling to realize the American Dream without sacrificing his family and his soul. Tom Rath seems a typical, solid business- and family man, but he suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder. Inconsequential sights--such as the fur collar on a fellow commuter's coat--prompt flashbacks to his days as a captain in WWII. Rath is also beset by demands from his ambitious wife, Betsey (Jennifer Jones), who hates their ugly house and is ashamed of how Tom has lost his nerve since the war. To appease her, he takes a higher-paying PR job at media conglomerate United Broadcasting. Rath then has to learn the spin-doctor ways of Madison Avenue and risks becoming a yes man to powerful UBC president Ralph Hopkins (Fredric March). Meanwhile, problems at home escalate with a dispute over his grandmother's will and a haunting reminder of his wartime liaison with a beautiful Italian girl, Maria (Marisa Pavan). Peck gives a strong, touching performance as a man fighting to overcome his past and to secure his family's future.

Cast List

Sloan Wilson
Bernard Herrmann - Film Composer, PSYCHO, CITIZEN KANE
Lyle Wheeler - Art Director
Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Lyle Reynolds Wheeler - Art Director
Nunnally Johnson - American Screenwriter/Director
Darryl F. Zanuck - Studio Head, Producer, Source Writer, Director
Darryl Francis Zanuck - Studio Head, Producer, Source Writer, Director
Fredric March - American Actor, A STAR IS BORN (1937)
Fredric McIntyre Bickel - American Actor, A STAR IS BORN (1937)
Ann Harding - American Actress
Gigi Perreau - Actress/In USA
Ghislaine Perreau - Actress/In USA
Marisa Pavan - Actress/Sister P. Angeli
Marisa Pierangeli - Actress/Sister P. Angeli
Keenan Wynn - American actor
Lee J. Cobb - American actor, ON THE WATERFRONT, THE EXORCIST
Gene Lockhart - Canadian Actor/In USA
Jennifer Jones - Oscar winning actress, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Phyllis Isley - Oscar winning actress, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Connie Gilchrist - American Actress
Dorothy Spencer - Editor
Charles G. Clarke - American Director of Photography/Actor
Charles Clarke - American Director of Photography/Actor
Jack Martin Smith - Art Director
Charles LeMaire - Costume Designer/Wardrobe Director, mid '30s-late '50s
Charles H. Clarke - Art Director
Gregory Peck - Oscar winning American actor, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
Eldred Gregory Peck - Oscar winning American actor, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
Arthur O'Connell - Character Actor, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, ANATOMY OF A MURDER
Henry Daniell - British actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Henry Daniel - British actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543190677
  • Rating: Not Rated

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Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Family Interaction
Politics
Self-Discovery
Big Business
Melodrama
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Synopsis:
A decorated veteran, now a mild executive on the battlefield of Madison Avenue, struggles with success at the expense of his family life, a hysterical wife, and memories of a sweeter, simpler life in wartime Italy.

Notes:
Unlike his character, Gregory Peck (Tom Rath) was unable to serve in WWII, because of a spinal injury sustained in a college rowing match. Peck starred in Johnson's directorial debut, the cold war espionage thriller NIGHT PEOPLE. Deforest Kelley, best known as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in television and film's STAR TREK series, has a fitting role in the film as a medic. Though Tom Rath refers to himself as part of the Madison Avenue rat race, the building used as the exterior for United Broadcasting Corporation is actually located in New York's Rockefeller Center. The film's score may sound familiar to avid fans of Alfred Hitchcock--composer Bernard Herrmann was renowned for creating the scores to VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, and PYSCHO, among others.

 
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