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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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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)  »

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The West Point Story  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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 »

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 Could Only Happen in Brooklyn
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by James Cagney
Danced by Virginia Mayo and James Cagney
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The ultimate Cagney performance.
9 July 1999 | by (San José, Costa Rica) – See all my reviews

A silly story, forgettable songs and a poor stage show of cadets on parade. But what fun! The best thing Doris Day did while at Warner Bros. The most alive performance of Virginia Mayo ever. And James Cagney at his best, dancing, fighting, arguing and filling the picture with his legendary personality. It must be seen to be believed. Cagney, the street boy, the gangster, the tough guy, shines and sparkles in musicals. His performance here is as good if not better than the one that earned him an Oscar (Yankee Doodle Dandy). And this, immediately after his brilliant, hideous, terrific work in White Heat. What an actor! What a dancer! What a performer! It is impossible to define the fine qualities of Roy Del Ruth direction: the man who made some of the better (Folies Bergere de Paris, Broadway Melody of 1936, On the Avenue) as well as some of the worse (Du Barry was a Lady, Broadway Rhytm) musicals in Hollywood history, excelled in West Point Story,working with a screenplay that was only bright dialogue with no story to speak of. See it and understand how Hollywood in its golden age, knew how to make gold out of plumb.


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