The Private War of Major Benson

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The Private War of Major Benson is 1955 comedy film starring Charlton Heston, Julie Adams, Sal Mineo and Tim Hovey, about a tough-talking U.S. Army officer who must shape up the JROTC program at Sheridan Academy, a Catholic boys' military academy, or... read more

The Private War of Major Benson is 1955 comedy film starring Charlton Heston, Julie Adams, Sal Mineo and Tim Hovey, about a tough-talking U.S. Army officer who must shape up the JROTC program at Sheridan Academy, a Catholic boys' military academy, or be forced out of the Army. The movie was filmed on St. Catherine's Military School campus in 1955, with cadets as the actors in all but the leading roles. Universal-International Studios chose St. Catherine's cadets and location for their humorous comedy about the challenges facing the new commandant of a military school by the antics of a group of grade school cadets. The picture featured a full battalion of St. Catherine's students. This movie was said to be one of the inspirations for Damon Wayans' 1995 film Major Payne, and possibly also for the 1984 TV movie Hard Knox (starring Robert Conrad).

Original Release

08/02/1955

US Release

08/02/1955

Cast

Chris Alcaide Truck Driver
Steven Benson Cadet
Alfred Caiazza Cadet Lt. Morelli
Taggart Casey Mr. Hanratty
James Conaty R.O.T.C. Drill Observer
William Forrest Lt. General De Bay
Russell Gaige Colonel Marvin
Jack Gardner Mr. Corrigan
Raymond Giarrusso Ritchie
Marc Hamilton Bus Ticket Clerk
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jerry Hopper

Writers

Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, William Roberts, Richard Alan Simmons

Cast

Chris Alcaide Truck Driver
Steven Benson Cadet
Alfred Caiazza Cadet Lt. Morelli
Taggart Casey Mr. Hanratty
James Conaty R.O.T.C. Drill Observer
William Forrest Lt. General De Bay
Russell Gaige Colonel Marvin
Jack Gardner Mr. Corrigan
Raymond Giarrusso Ritchie
Marc Hamilton Bus Ticket Clerk
Jimmy Karath Cadet Lt. Netcher
Jess Kirkpatrick Priest
Mike Mahoney Airline Gate Attendant
Ralph Neff Cook
Robert Nelson Captain Duffield
Voltaire Perkins Colonel Holt
Thorpe Whiteman Cadet Lt. Walworth
Stephen Wootton Michaels
Anne Barton Miss Carter
Madge Blake Woman at Airport

Producers

Howard Pine Producer

Editors

Ted J. Kent

1956 Oscar Best Writing, Motion Picture Story Nominated
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