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The West Point Story (1950)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Eve Dillon
Jan Wilson
Tom Fletcher
Hal Courtland
Bull Gilbert
Harry Eberhart
Raymond Roe ...
Bixby's 'Wife'
Lieutenant Colonel Martin
Mr. Jocelyn


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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Release Date:

25 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les Cadets de West Point  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Tom Fletcher: [after auditioning a song] How'd you like it, sir?
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby: Um. Wouldn't hiss and wouldn't cheer.
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It's Raining Sundrops
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by a chorus
Danced by James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, chorus
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Let-down Musical
15 May 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

There's a lesson to be learned here: no amount of talent can save a musical production weighted with a lame script and mediocre songs. Talent is abundant in this film, with no less than five terrific stars above the title. Yet, song after song, number after number, the picture just seems to sit there, limp and lifeless. A nice try, but "The West Point Story" remains only a fairly watchable, average film. Yet, there's no denying the bountiful talent of Cagney-Mayo-Day-MacRae-Nelson.

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