The Private War of Major Benson

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The Private War of Major Benson
Poster of The Private War of Major Benson.jpg
Directed by Jerry Hopper
Produced by Howard Pine
Written by Joe Connelly (story)
Bob Mosher (story)
William Roberts
Richard Alan Simmons
Starring Charlton Heston
Julie Adams
William Demarest
Sal Mineo
Tim Hovey
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by Ted J. Kent
Distributed by Universal-International
Release date
  • August 2, 1955 (1955-08-02)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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).



Screenwriters Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story.[1]


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