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A Broadway director helps the West Point cadets put on a show, aided by two lovely ladies and assorted complications.

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Eve Dillon
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Jan Wilson
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Tom Fletcher
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Hal Courtland
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Bull Gilbert
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Harry Eberhart
Raymond Roe ...
Bixby's 'Wife'
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Lieutenant Colonel Martin
Jerome Cowan ...
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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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It's another Dandy! A Song-Spangled, Colors-Flying Salute to Uncle Sam's Own Cadets! (dvd) See more »

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25 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Les Cadets de West Point  »

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At last minute, Jan (a female movie star) makes a surprise appearance in a role in an all-male West Point revue, in a part everyone assumed was to be played by a man. But a few minutes later there's a photo of her in closeup in the program featuring stars of the production. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Long Before I Knew You
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Gordon MacRae
Danced by Gene Nelson
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Might have been great with Technicolor and better songs...
11 March 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

James Cagney really gives his all (and that's plenty of talent) to the role of a rambunctious song-and-dance man who takes over a show at West Point, with the help of a talented cast including Virginia Mayo, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae and Gene Nelson. Cagney struts around getting angry and defiant as only he can, bringing lots of much needed life to a tiresome script. It's one of his best as a song-and-dance man, making one wish he had done even more musical films.

But this one could have used Technicolor and a wittier script with better songs. All of the talent cannot overcome the story's limitations and the overuse of rear projection photography for many of the outdoor scenes. Alan Hale, Jr. gets some good chuckles out of his "Princess" role and there's a light-heartiness about the whole film that keeps it entertaining enough for the most part.

Doris Day is missing from the first third of the movie, but once she shows up she demonstrates why she became such a cheerful Warner Bros. star. She and Gordon MacRae do nicely by a couple of forgettable songs.

Summing up: Worth seeing for Cagney alone. He's in fine shape for some energetic dance routines.


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