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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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The Song-Spangled Entertainment Marvel! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Goofs

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: [angrily] I've been "taking 10" since I've known you watching you fight your way to the bottom!
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby: [unperturbed] I don't fight, Baby. I'm a lover!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

It's Raining Sundrops
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by a chorus
Danced by James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, chorus
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Disappointing Day Fare
8 September 2011 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

When previewing a performance for the musical show being put on, Cagney says "Wouldn't hiss, wouldn't cheer." That about sums it up perfectly, except that I am hissing - some. This movie musical about Cagney helping West Point cadets put on a musical revue, simply just lays there. Despite his energetic presence and the talents of Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, and Virginia Mayo, it comes across as lifeless. The musical numbers are upbeat and Cagney uses his whole body to show disgust for incompetent amateurs (if you've seen it, you know what I mean,) but the songs are not original or grand enough to really stand out. It may seem pleasant enough at the time, but after nearly two hours, you feel worn out. See another Doris Day or James Cagney film first.


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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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