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The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit


An ex-army officer heads home after the war to pursue a career as a television writer, but he soon finds out from his unhappy boss that the industry isn't all that he hoped.

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Top Critic Reviews

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

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Saturday, March 25, 2006

Fresh: Dated but still effective soap opera from the Sloan Wilson novel

- Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: far more valuable as documentation of very particular time and place in American society than it is as drama

- Don Willmott,, Monday, May 14, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Well acted but very dated in its attitudes.

- jjnxn, Friday, December 19, 2008

4 stars

This is a classic film that hardly anybody knows about (like most classic films nowadays.) Gregory Peck stars as a family man whose luck is down despite having a loveley wife and three incredibly loving children. Their middle-class lifestyle is becoming stifling in the years following WWII, and his wife's pressure for having "more" is making him eager for a change. What follows is a series of hurdles that Gregory must pass in order to become fulfilled. He begins work as a public relations executive for a New York television network. His ideas a fresh and innovative and catch the attention of the station's owner and head honcho--a merciless, yet somehow kind-hearted--Fredric March. Peck ideals are put to the test as he must soon choose between his opportunities for advancement at work and his opportunities for a normal life at home. Thrown in here is a subplot of Peck's tortured past as a WWII vet. His night of passion with an Italian beauty and the resulting child that would later come to haunt him and his marriage. His choices aren't easy ones, but this movie has so much heart and style that it makes everything seem so easy compared to problems we deal with today. Definitely watch this if you're a Peck fan. And it's worthy of your time if you like classic movies in general.

- flickfever, Wednesday, January 9, 2008

4 stars

The film takes a serious look at how difficult it was for men to return to ordinary everyday life after the horror of the war. Gregory Peck accepts a new job with increased pay but added stress after much nagging from his wife who has big plans for their future. He is further tested when he realizes that an affair that took place during the war resulted in the birth of an illegitimate child. He is faced with the moral dilemma of telling his wife or hiding his indiscretion, which would ultimately wind up affecting his marriage. He wants to do the right thing, as the child is living in poverty. Ultimately the film enunciates the moral and emotional importance of honesty and its consequences. It's the writing and the messages of this film that stand out!! . I think the term"gray flannel suit" refer to corporate America where materialism was the order of the day.

- xxdebxx, Monday, November 30, 2009