The Private War of Major Benson


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 Private War of Major Benson
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Directed byJerry Hopper
Written byJoe Connelly (story)
Bob Mosher (story)
William Roberts
Richard Alan Simmons
Produced byHoward Pine
StarringCharlton Heston
Julie Adams
William Demarest
Sal Mineo
Tim Hovey
CinematographyHarold Lipstein
Edited byTed J. Kent
Music byHenry Mancini
Distributed byUniversal-International
Release date
  • August 2, 1955 (1955-08-02)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was shot on St. Catherine's Military School campus in 1955, with cadets as the actors in all but the leading roles. Universal Pictures 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.

The film has not been remade, but its basic premise was done twice in the following forty years, such as Hard Knox (1984) for TV and most notably with Major Payne (1995), which was also filmed by Universal Pictures.



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


  1. ^ The Private War of Major Benson - Awards at IMDb

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