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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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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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It's Another Dandy! A Song-Spangled, Colors-Flying Salute to Uncle Sam's Own Cadets! (dvd) See more »

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Comedy | Music

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25 November 1950 (USA)  »

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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: You heel! Can't even pay a hotel bill! In debt up to your ears, and it's horses! Horses every second you're awake! Horses, horses, horses!
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby: [unapologetically] I don't drink or smoke.
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Soundtracks

Alma Mater
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Music by Friedrich Kücken (song Treue Liebe)
Lyrics by Paul S. Reinecke
Sung by a chorus during the opening credits
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Cagney over the top
3 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

On viewing the cast list I thought this would have to be good - but what a disappointment.

Cagney acts as a caricature of himself, in fact he seems like a cross between Mickey Rooney and the Bowery Boys, and although the rest of the leads are good (Gordon MacRae and Doris Day singing and especially Gene Nelson dancing) there is no real sparkle to lift this from the mundane.

The basic idea of using West Point is good, with the conflict between the unreal atmosphere of a training school and the real world, but this was not exploited, and one got the feeling that the powers-that-be in West Point had script approval to ensure that only a rosy view of life there was portrayed.

To make a successful musical comedy you need a good script with laughs and memorable songs, none of which this had.

Overall one to avoid.


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