One of the brightest comedies of the 1950's,"The Private War of Major Benson", features
brilliant performances by Charlton Heston, Julie Adams, and "scene stealer",
SAL MINEO, in one of his first featured roles.
Heston is "Major "Bernard Benson. A tough battle-scarred officer whose
inappropriate comments to a magazine almost get him kicked out of the service. Instead,
as a last resort, he is transferred to the Sheridan Military Academy for boys, aged
Demanding and unsympathetic is how he seems towards the boys, and they retaliate
towards Benson. And the school nurse, Kay (Adams), is concerned that Major Benson's
unorthodox methods have much to be desired. Many HILARIOUS moments fill this uproariously
funny film. Eventually, nurse Kay falls for the stoic, yet big-hearted Benson.
A young SAL MINEO steals the film, as Cadet Colonel Sylvester Dusik. He gains much
respect for Major Benson, and has some truly comedic moments. Especially in the
scene where Sylvester tells the training troups, in a frenzy, "Does everybody in
this school have two left feet? Alright you guys, you're gonna keep on drilling
till you do it right!" The delivery of these lines, shows Sal also had a terrific
flair for comedy, and shows why he was such a meteoric rising young star! Also notable,
is 6 year old actor, Tim Hovey, adorable in the role as Tiger, one of the youngest
cadets at the academy. Directed by Jerry Hopper,
"The Private War of Major Benson" is a true comedy classic.