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West Point of the Air (1935)

Passed | | Drama | 18 August 1935 (Finland)

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Big Mike Stone
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General Carter
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His Daughter 'Skip'
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Her Brother Phil
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Dare Marshall
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'Bags'
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Jaskarelli
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Pippinger
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Captain Cannon
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Phil - as a Boy (as Bobbie Caldwell)
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'Skip' - as a Girl
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Filmed on and around Randolph Army Air Field (now Randolph Air Force Base) in San Antonio, TX. Most of the buildings are still in use, but have been remodeled into offices. Flight training is still conducted on the base. See more »

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Near the end, when Little Mike is up in the air with Big Mike, Little Mike is in the wrong seat. Two-seat airplanes of that time were balanced assuming the pilot would be in the rear-most seat. This was because the forward seat, already being at the center-of-gravity, had no real impact on the balance. With nobody in the rear seat the plane would be too nose heavy to even get off the ground, much less fly as it did in the movie. See more »

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You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played as background music for the first scene
Whistled by Robert Young
Sung a cappella by James Gleason
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What Do We Do With The Next Generation
10 July 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Wallace Beery and Lewis Stone have both risen as far as they can in the Army, Stone's a general and Beery a top sergeant. Since Stone has a daughter who grows up to be Maureen O'Sullivan and girls did not aspire to such strictly male things as a military career back in the day, both old guys hope that Robert Young who is Beery's son succeeds.

Young as Beery's son gets a legacy appointment to West Point in West Point of the Air and upon graduation joins the Army Air Corps. Can he measure up is the burning question.

Wallace Beery adds to his repertoire of scene stealing old codgers again in this film. Imagine Judge Hardy in the military and you've got Lewis Stone's performance. Between the two of them they make West Point of the Air passably good entertainment.

Though Robert Young and Maureen O'Sullivan are the two young leads, MGM was giving some exposure to two of its younger contract players who went on to have bigger careers than the leads. Rosalind Russell plays the typical bad girl divorcée who seduces Young and move him from the straight and narrow path of duty. She's good, but no trace of the sparkling Roz of The Women or His Girl Friday.

And Robert Taylor has a small role as another of the young flying cadets with Young. One look at him and you knew that man was going to be a star and he has a death scene that I'm sure made a lot in the audience write to MGM and ask who this handsome devil was.

West Point of the Air was nice, but nothing terribly special except as a training ground for future stars.


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