The Private War of Major Benson (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Private War of Major Benson (1955)





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In this film, a too-tough Army major gets himself sent to run an ROTC program at a Santa Barbara military school. When he arrives to his new post, the major is shocked to find it run by nuns and that his new troops are school children.


Charlton Heston
as Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson
Julie Adams
as Dr. Kay Lambert
Tim Hovey
as Cadet Thomas 'Tiger' Flaherty
Tim Considine
as Cadet Sgt. Hibler
Sal Mineo
as Cadet Col. Dusik
Nana Bryant
as Mother Redempta
Kay Stewart
as Mrs. Flaherty
Mary Field
as Sister Mary Theresa
Donald Keeler
as Cadet Cpl. Scawalski
Don Haggerty
as Mr. Hibler
Yvonne Peattie
as Mrs. Hibler
Mary Alan Hokanson
as Sister Mary Thomasina
Edward Platt
as Monsignor Collins
Richard H. Cutting
as Monsignor Collins
Butch Jones
as Cadet Capt. Petri
Milburn Stone
as Maj. Gen. Ramsey
Mickey Little
as Cadet Lt. Hanratty
David Janssen
as Young Lieutenant
Richard Cutting
as Monsignor Collins
Gary Pagett
as Cadet Lt. Molony
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Critic Reviews for The Private War of Major Benson

All Critics (2)

A coy, moderately amusing comedy about a tough soldier (Charlton Heston) in a school for boys. Tim Hovey, as a six-year-old private, is prominent among the cadets.

October 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Heston shows a surprising flair for comedy.

February 27, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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