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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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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
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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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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 »

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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Music by W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Herbert Shipman
Sung by a chorus
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Cagney's the point
2 August 2010 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

He spits out lame dialog like it was Shakespeare, he talk-sings with a verve that could give Rex Harrison or Robert Preston lessons, he stomps up and down, he uppercuts, he dances up a storm. There's plenty of A-list talent in this uninspired Warners musical, but a 51-year-old Cagney is pretty much the whole show, and he appears to believe in the hole-filled plot so much that you buy it, too, despite the many lapses of logic. I find his teaming with Virginia Mayo a little distasteful--he's plainly too old for her--but she lends a lot of enthusiasm, too, as does Doris Day, given some middling Jule Styne-Sammy Cahn ballads to warble (and some very unattractive gowns to model), and Gene Nelson, tapping exuberantly, and Gordon MacRae, with his fine natural baritone. Cagney felt he did his best dancing in this film, and it's worth sitting through the dated, hit-you-on-the-head patriotism and weird plot mechanics to get to his virtuosic numbers--he even taps a bit with Day, who started out as a dancer and keeps up brilliantly with him. It's not a good movie, exactly, but I'd trade a lot of neater, better-crafted musicals for this one's dumb liveliness, and for Cagney's genius. I mentioned Robert Preston above; Cagney was, in fact, considered for Professor Harold Hill before Preston was hired. I think he'd have been terrific.


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