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Director:
Writers:
John Monks Jr. (screenplay) &
Charles Hoffman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 November 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's another Dandy! A Song-Spangled, Colors-Flying Salute to Uncle Sam's Own Cadets! (dvd) See more »
Plot:
A Broadway director helps the West Point cadets put on a show, aided by two lovely ladies and assorted complications. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(5 articles)
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Doris Day Still Looks Great
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Actress, Singer Doris Day To Be Honored By TCM, Sony Masterworks & Warner Home Video
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Cagney the Cadet See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Elwin 'Bix' Bixby

Virginia Mayo ... Eve Dillon

Doris Day ... Jan Wilson

Gordon MacRae ... Tom Fletcher

Gene Nelson ... Hal Courtland

Alan Hale Jr. ... Bull Gilbert
Roland Winters ... Harry Eberhart
Raymond Roe ... Bixby's 'Wife'
Wilton Graff ... Lieutenant Colonel Martin
Jerome Cowan ... Mr. Jocelyn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Baer ... Young Cadet (uncredited)
DeWit Bishop ... Cadet (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... President's Secretary (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... Plebe (uncredited)
Luther Crockett ... Senator (uncredited)
Guy De Vestel ... French Premier (uncredited)
Victor Desny ... French Attaché (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Cadet (uncredited)
Jerry Duane ... Member of Vocal Quartet with Doris Day (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Commandant (uncredited)
Rudy Grofe ... Conductor (uncredited)
Sheridan F. Hall Jr. ... Cadet (uncredited)
Bob Hayden ... Cadet (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Cadet (uncredited)
Stan Holbrook ... Cadet (uncredited)
Howard Hudson ... Member of Vocal Quartet with Doris Day (uncredited)

Jack Kelly ... Officer-in-Charge (uncredited)
Tommy Kelly ... Cadet (uncredited)
Joel Marston ... Cadet (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Superintendent (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Steve - Press Agent (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Underclassman (uncredited)
Tony Paris ... Member of Vocal Quartet with Doris Day (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Walter Ruick ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Don Shartel ... Cadet (uncredited)
James Stark ... Cadet (uncredited)
Glen Turnbull ... Hoofer (uncredited)
James Young ... Cadet Verifying Amnesty Custom (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
 
Writing credits
John Monks Jr. (screenplay) &
Charles Hoffman (screenplay) &
Irving Wallace (screenplay)

Irving Wallace (from a story by)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Charles H. Clarke 
 
Set Decoration by
Armor Marlowe  (as Armor E. Marlowe)
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson 
Marjorie Best 
 
Makeup Department
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Dellar .... assistant director (uncredited)
Russell Llewellyn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Morris Goldman .... assistant props (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as Edwin DuPar)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Lucky Kargo .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Burnett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mike Joyce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Lou Molina .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Rike .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ted Kring .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Elva Martien .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sammy Cahn .... lyrics: original songs
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Hugh Martin .... vocal arranger
Frank Perkins .... orchestrator
Jule Styne .... music: original songs
Ray Heindorf .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Johnny Boyle Jr. .... choreographer: James Cagney's dances
Eddie Prinz .... choreographer
LeRoy Prinz .... choreographer
William G. Proctor .... technical advisor
Al White Jr. .... choreographer
Jean Baker .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Goofs:
Plot holes: 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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Soundtrack:
One Hundred Days Till JuneSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Cagney the Cadet, 17 July 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

James Cagney wrote in his autobiography that the only films he watched in his retirement years continually were the musical ones. He regretted he didn't do more of them. So do I, so should we all.

While The West Point Story isn't the greatest film Cagney ever did at Warner Brothers, it's far from the worst and I find it charming and entertaining.

This was his second film with Virginia Mayo and quite a contrast it was after White Heat. The lovely Ms. Mayo also got to show what a good dancer she was both with Cagney and Gene Nelson.

The singing is carried in this film by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. Usually folks don't think of Gordon MacRae as Doris's most frequent leading man, but in fact he did four films with her. He had a wonderful baritone voice and he could easily adapt to light musical fare like The West Point Story or do operetta like The Desert Song which he did a few years later. It's too bad for MacRae that he did not come along 20 years earlier and could have done a few of those operettas the way Nelson Eddy did.

Gene Nelson was a fine dancer who when musicals went out of vogue, turned to directing. Another talented performer who came along a little too late. He never got the credit for being the fine dancer he was.

The plot is simple, James Cagney and Virginia Mayo once a good pair of top choreographers are reduced to seedy nightclub work. Cagney gets an opportunity to go to West Point to help put on the annual 100th night show the graduating class does. The catch is he has to try to lure Gordon MacRae to the bright lights of Broadway for his producer uncle Roland Winters. From there the plot evolves.

And it's a nice story with good musical numbers even though Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn got no hits out of the score. Still the songs are well integrated into the plot.

I think people will enjoy watching The West Point Story.

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