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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

1 rating: 4.0
Classics and Drama movie directed by Nunnally Johnson

Gregory Peck plays a young New York executive who defies the wisdom of the corporate class by deciding his family is more important than the offer of a new job. Lots of melodrama, guilt, and a revelation about a wartime affair (told in flashback), but … see full wiki

Director: Nunnally Johnson
Genre: Classics, Drama
1 review about The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Gregory Peck, the quintessential Everyman

  • Dec 6, 2007
Rating:
+4
THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT, based on the acclaimed novel by Sloan Wilson, resonated quite heavily with many men and their families in 1956. Some fifty years later, this movie still holds a powerful lesson about the balance of work commitments and family duty.

In post-war New York, working-class family man Tom Rath (Gregory Peck) tries to provide as much as he can for his young family, despite the limitations of his income. Tom's wife Betsy (Jennifer Jones), always trying to find new ways to make money, suggests they move from their Connecticut house into Tom's dead grandmother's mansion--an idea that later backfires when it's discovered that the mansion has been willed away from the Rath family. Tom's life is complicated still by his recurring flashbacks about the War, and the young girl he left behind (Marisa Pavan). Tom's boss, Ralph Hopkins (Fredric March) ended up destroying his own family for the very same values and ambitions that Tom is now striving for...can he help Tom avoid the same fate?

It's such a treat seeing Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones, the violent young lovers of "Duel in the Sun", teamed again in this outstanding family drama. Their chemistry was outstanding. In the character of Tom Rath, Peck managed to convey all the frustrations, fears and aspirations of the average working man. Jennifer Jones compliments him well as Tom's wife. Fredric March adds lots of gravity and wisdom to his role of Tom's mentor, Ralph.

THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT was truly producer Darryl Zanuck's prestige picture for 1956. Though at times the lush CinemaScope visuals clash with the intimate nature of the story, the production values are high and the entire film is a treat to behold. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).

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