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Wealthy Brice Wayne enters West Point and, though he does well on the football field, angers fellow cadets with his arrogance. Disciplined by the coach he yells "To hell with the Corps!" which would have led to further discipline but for the intervention of his hero-worshipping roommate "Tex." He resigns anyway, but just before the big game returns to lead his team and reunite with Betty Channing, the hotel owner's daughter. Written by
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His idea of Field Manuevers weren't military -- he thought they meant a petting party! While the other "kaydets" studied War, he studied Love. You'll certainly enjoy this rollicking story of romantic West Point, naturally filmed at the U.S. Military Academy!
William Haines (as Brice Wayne) is a cocky West Point cadet, and star football player, who alienates his teammates with his arrogance, and lack of team spirit. His steadfast pal, William Bakewell (as Tex McNeil), can't defend Mr. Haines without ending up in the hospital; and, girlfriend Joan Crawford (as Betty Channing) grows more distant as Haines juvenile behavior becomes more and more tiresome. What will it take for Mr. Haines to win Ms. Crawford's heart? Will Mr. Bakewell regain his health? Can Haines straighten up in time to help his teammates win the big game?
"West Point" is a typical Haines film vehicle; it is worth checking out to see the popular actor's performance, and enjoyable screen presence. It is neither his most satisfying characterization, nor his best film; but, Haines is still great. Crawford's emoting is less polished, in an early role. Surprisingly, Bakewell offers the film's strongest performance (highlighted by his hospital bed scene). Edward Sedgwick's direction makes the most of Haines' silliness, and David Davidson's soundtrack is wonderful (albeit sounding too seasonal, at times).
****** West Point (12/31/27) Edward Sedgwick ~ William Haines, William Bakewell, Joan Crawford
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