The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

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This meticulous and unusually long cinemadaptation of Sloan Wilson's best-selling novel The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit stars Gregory Peck as an ex-army officer, pursuing a living as a TV writer in the postwar years. Hired by a major broadcasting network, Peck is assigned to write speeches for the network's president (Fredric March). Peck comes to realize that the president's success has come at the expense of personal happiness, and this leads Peck to ruminate on his own life. Extended flashbacks reveal that Peck had experienced a torrid wartime romance with Italian girl Marisa Pavan, a union that produced a child. Peck is torn between his responsibility to his illegitimate son and his current obligations towards his wife (Jennifer Jones), his children, and his employer. Among the many life-altering decisions made by Peck before the fade-out is his determination to seek out a job that will allow him to spend more time with his family, even if it means a severe cut in salary. The superb hand-picked supporting cast of The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit includes Ann Harding as March's wife, Keenan Wynn as the man who informs Peck that he'd fathered an Italian child, Henry Daniell as a detached executive, and an unbilled DeForrest Kelley as an army medic (who gets to say "He's dead, captain"!) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Gregory Peck
as Tom Rath
Jennifer Jones
as Betsy Rath
Fredric March
as Ralph Hopkins
Marisa Pavan
as Maria Montagne
Ann Harding
as Mrs. Hopkins
Lee J. Cobb
as Judge Bernstein
Keenan Wynn
as Caesar Gardella
Gene Lockhart
as Hawthorne
Gigi Perreau
as Susan Hopkins
Henry Daniell
as Bill Ogden
Connie Gilchrist
as Mrs. Manter
Joseph Sweeney
as Edward Schultz
Ruth Clifford
as Florence
Jerry Hall
as Freddie
Jack Mather
as Police Sergeant
Frank Wilcox
as Dr. Pearce
Nan Martin
as Miss Lawrence
Tristram Coffin
as Byron Holgate
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Hopkins' Maid
Mary Benoit
as Secretary
King Lockwood
as Business Executive
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as Elevator Operator
John Breen
as Waiter
Renata Vanni
as Italian Farm Wife
Mario Siletti
as Carriage Driver
Roy E. Glenn Sr.
as Master Sergeant Matthews
Otto Reichow
as German Soldier
Jim Brandt
as German Soldier
Robert Boon
as German Soldier
Harry Lauter
as Soldier
Paul Glass
as Soldier
Alfred Caiazza
as Italian Boy
Raymond Winston
as Italian Boy
John Crawford
as Italian Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

As the broadcasting tycoon, Fredric March is excellent, and the scenes between him and Peck lift the picture high above the ordinary.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
Variety
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Relentlessly envelops every idea, obscures every issue in a smug smog of suburbinanity.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A mature, fascinating and often quite tender and touching film.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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The film may seem mediocre now (it did back then), but it probably speaks volumes about the period, and Bernard Herrmann composed the score.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Chicago Reader
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A surprisingly engrossing, if shallow and overlong, Hollywood vision of 1950s thirtysomethings, with Peck turning in a dignified title role.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
TV Guide

But the film is so reductive, so often substitutes subtlety with theatrical gravitas, and so transparently stacks the deck in favor of a preordained outcome that it threatens to become a buttoned-down Reefer Madness for the corner-office set.

Full Review… | April 4, 2006
DVDJournal.com

Audience Reviews for The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

High toned soaper that does interesting stuff, especially involving post-traumatic stress syndrome. A vet returns to civilian life and is comfortable more or less, only his wife (cast as sort of a villianess: Jennifer Jones in an excellent portrayal) wants more, "... a bigger house, more money, some status wouldn't hurt, and why aren't you going out to get all that for us??? Maybe its cause you lost yer balls in the war!" Ouch! There's a couple of side plots as well; the romance in Italy with the other woman, the boss who sacrifices everything for the company and wants Peck to do as well, which are not bad. The overall treatment of the characters and the subject keeps everything from parody.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

There are a lot of good actors in this movie, and the story is realistic, but it's so realistic that it's boring and uninteresting most of the time. It's okay, but it could have been a lot better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Well acted but very dated in its attitudes.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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