The Long Gray Line [DVD] [1955]

John Ford's inspiring The Long Gray Line comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. While this disc may be short on extras, the care taken with the picture (especially for a film as old as this one) earns Columbia/TriStar much credit.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Widescreen and full-screen presentations
  • Audio: English 3.0 [Surround]
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selections

Synopsis

The Long Gray Line
The life story of West Point athletic director Marty Maher was the inspiration for John Ford's The Long Gray Line. Told in flashback, the film recalls the first days at the Point for Irish immigrant Maher (Tyrone Power), a pugnacious boy who can't seem to fit in with the institution's regimen of unquestioning discipline. Athletic director Ward Bond takes a liking to Maher and arranges for the young man to become his assistant; Bond also plays Cupid between Maher and Irish maidservant Mary O'Donnell (Maureen O'Hara). When Mary's baby is stillborn, the Mahers begin to regard the West Point cadets as their surrogate children: this eventually leads to the film's most touching scene, in which Mary bids farewell to her son-substitute as he marches off to World War II. Following Mary's death, Marty stays on at the Point, until the place seems somehow incomplete without his presence. On the occasion of his forced retirement, Maher gently pleads with one of his former students--President Dwight D. Eisenhower--to permit him to remain at his post (Ike is played by Harry Carey Jr. in his early scenes, and by the voice of Paul Frees in the wraparound White House scenes). Based on Marty Maher's autobiography, The Long Gray Line seems at first glance too leisurely for its own good, but this appealing film gradually grows on its audience--just like Marty Maher himself. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tyrone Power
    Tyrone Power - Martin Maher
  • Maureen O'Hara
    Maureen O'Hara - Mary O'Donnell
  • Robert Francis
    Robert Francis - Red Sundstrom Jr.
  • Ward Bond
    Ward Bond - Capt. Herman J. Koehler
  • Donald Crisp
    Donald Crisp - Old Martin
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