An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well.

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Nunnally Johnson

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Sloan Wilson (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Tom Rath
Jennifer Jones ... Betsy Rath
Fredric March ... Ralph Hopkins
Marisa Pavan ... Maria Montagne
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Bernstein
Ann Harding ... Helen Hopkins
Keenan Wynn ... Sgt. Caesar Gardella
Gene Lockhart ... Bill Hawthorne
Gigi Perreau ... Susan Hopkins
Portland Mason Portland Mason ... Janey Rath
Arthur O'Connell ... Gordon Walker
Henry Daniell ... Bill Ogden
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Manter
Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney ... Edward M. Schultz
Sandy Descher ... Barbara Rath
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Storyline

Tom Rath lives in Connecticut and commutes to work every day in Manhattan. He's happily married and has a loving wife and three children. Money is a bit tight and when the opportunity arises, he applies for a public relations job with a major television network. During his long commute to work everyday, Tom reminisces about the war. Although 10 years have gone by, he is still haunted by the violence and the men he killed. He also thinks of Maria, an Italian girl with whom he had an affair while stationed in Rome. At his new job, the head of the network Ralph Hopkins takes an immediate liking to him. Tom soon realizes that he will have to choose between becoming a wholly dedicated company man or maintaining a healthy work-life balance. When he learns that Maria gave birth to his son after he left Italy, he decides to let his wife know and ensure that the boy is cared for. Written by garykmcd

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His loves...his world---both past and present---and the crisis they caused! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

Author Sloan Wilson's personal choice to play Tom Rath in the film version of his best-selling novel was Montgomery Clift. See more »

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Tom and his unit are transferred from Italy in July 1945 (according to what he tells Betty later) to the Pacific. They then participate in a major airborne amphibious assault. Problem: There were no major actions in the Pacific at that time. The last one, the Battle of Okinawa, ended in June. It had no airborne element. See more »

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Ralph Hopkins: Somebody's got to do it. Big successful businesses are not built by men like you. 9 to 5 and home and family. You live on them but you never built one. Big successful business are built by men like me. They give everything they got to it. Live it body and soul. Lift it up regardless of anybody or anything else. Without men like me there wouldn't be big and successful businesses. My mistake was in being one of those men.
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Crazy Credits

Once it fades in, the 20th Century Fox logo (set to the film's dramatic opening credits music, rather than the traditional Fox fanfare) appears in a slightly smaller CinemaScope windowbox, slowly panning to normal size (correctly fitting the CinemaScope screen) before fadeout. See more »

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Referenced in Mad Men: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'm a) Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
(1908) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Billy Walthall
Music by Frank Roman and Mike Greenblatt
based on "Son of a Gambolier"
Music by Charles Ives (1895)
Played on the ukulele by Gregory Peck
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9 to 5 Fellows
14 July 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Connecticut, the former WWII officer Tom Rath (Gregory Peck) and his wife Betsy (Jennifer Jones) are happily married middle class couple with three children. However, they have financial difficulties and Tom commutes every day to Manhattan to work in a charitable organization receiving a low salary.

Tom is tormented by the traumatic experience in war, where he killed seventeen persons including a young German soldier and he occasionally recalls his love affair with the Italian Maria (Marisa Pavan) in 1945.

When Tom inherits his grandmother's house, her former servant claims the real state but using forged document. Meanwhile Tom is hired to work as public relation of a television network and is assigned to write a speech to the owner, Ralph Hopkins (Frederic March). Soon he needs to decide whether he will be a dedicated executive or 9 to 5 fellows. Further, he learns that he has a son with Maria and she is very needy and he needs to choose between telling the truth to Betsy or keep the secret.

"The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" is a realistic and humanistic drama about choices of an insecure man with a war trauma that frequently haunts him. Tom Rath sometimes is reluctant, thinking in the safety of his family first, but always takes the right decision supported by his beloved wife Betsy. The story has many subplots and one memorable character, Judge Bernstein, performed by Lee J. Cobb. The story is long but never boring. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Homem do Terno Cinzento" ("Man in the Gray Suit")


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Release Date:

8 May 1956 (USA) See more »

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$2,670,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

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2.55 : 1
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