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The West Point Story (1950)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  25 November 1950 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Elwin 'Bix' Bixby
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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
Roland Winters ...
Harry Eberhart
Raymond Roe ...
Bixby's 'Wife'
Wilton Graff ...
Lieutenant Colonel Martin
Jerome Cowan ...
Mr. Jocelyn
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Storyline

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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The New Warner Bros. Dandy! A Song-Spangled, Colors-Flying Salute to Uncle Sam's Own Cadets! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Music

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25 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les Cadets de West Point  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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

Eve Dillon: [angrily] I've been "taking 10" since I've known you watching you fight your way to the bottom!
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby: [unperturbed] I don't fight, Baby. I'm a lover!
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Soundtracks

It's Raining Sundrops
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by a chorus
Danced by James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, chorus
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Okay, so it's not "Singin' in the Rain"...
27 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...but who cares? Watch it to see how the versatile, hard-working stars at Warner Bros. could turn a pedestrian plot into a breezy, lighthearted, song-and-dance treat.

MGM may have been the king of the genre and Fox certainly had its share of toe-tapping performers, but there's something about those old black-and-white Warner Bros. musicals that continue to entertain me. From the 1930s up to the 1950s, they always had a gritty, plain- talking quality that made them very different from what the other studios offered.

What a pleasure to watch James Cagney, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, and the saucy Virginia Mayo (who never got enough credit during her career) light up the screen with their remarkable talents.

Yes, the story doesn't make sense and most of the tunes are uninspired but I'll still give it an 8 for fun.


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