The Private War of Major Benson (1955)

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As a disciplinary measure, the Army transfers a heavy-handed Major to a ROTC academy where he must shape-up cadets and improve the school's overall ratings.

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  • Charlton Heston in The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
  • Charlton Heston and William Demarest in The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
  • Joey D. Vieira in The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
  • Charlton Heston and Sal Mineo in The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
  • Tim Considine and Tim Hovey in The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
  • Tim Hovey in The Private War of Major Benson (1955)

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Jerry Hopper


William Roberts (screenplay), Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), Joe Connelly (story), Bob Mosher (story)

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11 October 2010 | thinker1691
| " We'll have to transform these milk drinking boys into whiskey drinking men "
From the ranks of the U.S. Army comes the story of a veteran Korean War officer who believes, soldiers made of iron, can be molded from the ranks of the very young. Charlton Heston plays Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson a hard bitten officer who has been brought to the brink of his career, by publishing his personal motto in Newsweek magazine. Repremanded by his commanding officer, Maj. Gen Wilton Ramsey (Milburn Stone,) he is given a choice, either he can resign his commission or accept an assignment at a Catholic ROTC school. Having little choice, he accepts his new assignment where he meets school doctor Kay Lambert (Julie Adams). The school has a failing score and it's his task to train the students to pass their next inspection. With William Demarest as John, Tim Hovey as Flaherty, Tim Considine as Hibler and Sal Mineo as Cadet Col. Sylvester Dusik, the school accepts their new commander, but weather he stays long remains to be seen. This comedy with Heston playing a straight lace is one which belongs in your private library as it's not too often he accepts humorous roles. The result of director Jerry Hopper, story written by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher is the creation of a fine family movie and one which easily makes it a Classic. ****

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