The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)


“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.” – Ralph Hopkins

Number of Times Seen – Twice (6 Aug 2001 and 28 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A business man struggles with ethical questions in a new job while thinking about the horrors that he endured while serving in Europe a decade earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw nearly twenty years ago yet didn’t remember anything about it.

The story plays out quite well and they do a wonderful job showing the ethical questions that could arise when a man becomes conflicted with the present while still dwelling on his past.

Gregory Peck does a wonderful job in the lead role and makes us care more about everything his character chooses to do along the way.

The supporting cast is also great with Fredric March, Jennifer Jones, Lee J. Cobb, Keenan Wynn and Gene Lockhart all adding to things.

Loved seeing Joseph Sweeney in a small role that helped show that he made a strong impression with his work in other films besides 12 Angry Men (1957).

In this case, his role and demeanor is so very diverse from the one he plays in the other film that it shows how great a supporting character he can be, even at his advancing age when this was made.

This film also deals with some very subtle, yet powerful themes of how men and women were haunted by their experiences during the war and how even a decade later, they were still affected by the things they dealt with in the past.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – Fredric March’s character Ralph Hopkins is introduced with the exact same visual and plot premise as his character Jordan Lyman would be eight years later in Seven Days in May (1964): pulling down his sleeve after his doctor takes his blood pressure and advises him to take things easy for a while for the sake of his health.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – DeForest Kelley, the future Dr. McCoy of Star Trek fame, plays a medic in an uncredited role. His first words in the film were “He’s dead captain.”(From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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