West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

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Dick Thorpe
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Rosalie
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King
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Queen
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Bill Delroy
Ilona Massey ...
Brenda
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Oloff
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Chancellor
Tom Rutherford ...
Prince Paul
Clay Clement ...
Captain Banner
Virginia Grey ...
George Zucco ...
General Maroff
Oscar O'Shea ...
Mr. Callahan
Jerry Colonna ...
Joseph
Janet Beecher ...
Miss Baker
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West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

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Drama | Musical

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24 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hoheit tanzt inkognito  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were several dance numbers cut before the movie was released. The football game at the beginning was cut from several newsreels. Over 100 original West Point students appeared in that movie, and there are rumours that each of them who took part in one dance number, received a kiss by Eleanor Powell. See more »

Goofs

During the 'drum dance' sequence there are three rows of huge drums all sounding together. The drum sticks on the front row are synchronized so that they all hit the drum at the same time. The drum sticks in the second and third rows are out of synch with the first row yet their sound is in synch. See more »

Quotes

Rosalie: I love Dick. That's why I'm crying.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

To Love or Not To Love
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Nelson Eddy, Ray Bolger and cadets at West Point
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Not very easy to rate
16 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A film with the likes of Frank Morgan in support, a wonderful tap dancer such as Eleanor Powell and Nelson Eddy who possessed perhaps the most beautiful baritone voice on film does promise a fair bit. Sadly this promise is not exactly lived up to and it is one of those films that is difficult to rate. There are some definite good things. It is a very sumptuous film in the costumes and sets and it's beautifully shot. The music features a pleasant score from Cole Porter and the song In the Still of the Night is a catchy and beautiful song, while the choreography dazzles in energy(very like how Ilona Massey dazzles in her beauty)- especially in the title number- providing the film's best moments. Eddy sings divinely and Powell's tap dancing is equally a wonder, in support Frank Morgan is amusingly bumbling and Edna May Oliver is her usual solid self. Ray Bolger is however wasted and not funny at all, agreed that stupid is more like it, and Billy Gilbert's shtick here comes across as crass. While Eddy is on top form vocally, he is stiff and looks miserable, not showing much chemistry with Powell excepting some cute moments. The script is lacking in wit, sometimes soppy, sometimes crass and veers on bizarre. And while the story has great song and dance numbers and nice likable moments in the first half, it is mostly dull, predictable and the second half(not helped by an overly-sappy and underdeveloped romance) just doesn't engage. All in all, a mixture of good and bad, not easy to rate. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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