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The West Point Story (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 25 November 1950 (USA)
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A Broadway director helps the West Point cadets put on a show, aided by two lovely ladies and assorted complications.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

John Monks Jr. (screenplay), Charles Hoffman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Elwin 'Bix' Bixby
Virginia Mayo ... Eve Dillon
Doris Day ... Jan Wilson
Gordon MacRae ... Tom Fletcher
Gene Nelson ... Hal Courtland
Alan Hale Jr. ... Bull Gilbert
Roland Winters ... Harry Eberhart
Raymond Roe ... Bixby's 'Wife'
Wilton Graff ... Lieutenant Colonel Martin
Jerome Cowan ... Mr. Jocelyn
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Storyline

Broadway director Bix Bixby, down on his luck (thanks to gambling), is reluctantly persuaded to go to West Point military academy (with Eve, his gorgeous assistant and on-and-off love) to help the students put on a show. Ulterior motive: to recruit student star Tom Fletcher for Harry Eberhart's new production (Eberhart just happens to be Tom's uncle). Then, Bixby finds that he himself must live as a cadet. Of course, sundered hearts come into the story also... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Music

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Hal's knee is injured backstage during the last act of revue, forcing Bix to take his place in the big final number. Yet during the finale, Hal has recovered enough to perform the next-to-last reprise number, which is now climaxed by Bix's final number, which was originally to have been performed by Hal. Had Hal not been injured, how could he possibly have performed both numbers in the finale? See more »

Quotes

Eve Dillon: You heel! Can't even pay a hotel bill! In debt up to your ears, and it's horses! Horses every second you're awake! Horses, horses, horses!
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby: [unapologetically] I don't drink or smoke.
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Connections

Featured in Biography: Doris Day: It's Magic (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Before I Knew You
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Gordon MacRae
Danced by Gene Nelson
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Cagney and Mayo are great
20 July 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Jimmy Cagney reunites with his White Heat co-star Virginia Mayo in a very different kind of movie - a musical comedy about a Broadway director who goes to the West Point military academy to put on a show. Cagney is the Broadway director and Mayo is his singing and dancing girlfriend. The two have a banter and chemistry that I enjoyed a lot. Doris Day is Cagney's movie star protégé he ropes into helping with the show. She falls for West Point cadet Gordon MacRae and the two sing quite a bit. It's an enjoyable film, although the songs are mostly forgettable. I think this was meant as more of a showcase for rising stars Day and MacRae but it's Cagney and Mayo who keep the film interesting. Added bonus is seeing Alan Hale, Jr. act alongside Cagney. Jimmy was in several movies with Alan Hale, Sr. who died earlier this same year.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Cadets de West Point See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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