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John Monks Jr. (screenplay) &
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25 November 1950 (USA) See more »
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Cagney is superb, the story is improbable... See more (27 total) »


  (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 Ridgway ... 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
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Miscellaneous: At last minute, Jan (a female movie star) makes a surprise appearance in a role in an all-male West Point revue, in a part everyone assumed was to be played by a man. But a few minutes later there's a photo of her in closeup in the program featuring stars of the production.See more »
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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Cagney is superb, the story is improbable..., 4 September 2016
Author: calvinnme from United States

... but just forget that and have fun with it. Cagney is Elwin "Bix" Bixby who is a washed up Broadway director, not because he is bad at his job, but because he crossed producer Eberhart (Roland Winters) by getting dancer/singer Jan Wilson (Doris Day) out of the chorus where he felt she was misused, and into a Hollywood contract by teaching her everything he knew.

Bix has a chance to square things with Eberhart and his increasingly impatient fiancée (Virginia Mayo as Eve) by taking a job at West Point directing a show written by Eberhart's nephew, cadet Tom Fletcher (Gordon McRae). What Eberhart really wants is his nephew to leave the army and go on Broadway, where he feels his talents won't be wasted. Bix takes the job, and is soon agreeing with Eberhart's assessment - Tom has the looks, can sing, dance AND wrote the show. Bix can't figure why Tom wants to work for minor duckets in the Army when he could clean up and be famous on Broadway. Why doesn't he just quit West Point? Now Bix is not a bad guy. He's got great courage, he just has a problem with rules, doesn't quite get the concept of camaraderie, and he has an unruly temperament - would you expect less from a Cagney role? Bix just doesn't get these cadets only showing up for rehearsal when their classes and the academy rules permit it, and then one day he punches a cadet and is out of a job UNLESS he becomes a cadet, living the life a cadet along with the uniform, the haircut, and the plebe status. At this point Bix's war record is brought up. Like I said before he had great courage, even saving his platoon in Italy in WWII, but he went AWOL so many times that if this film was true to life he'd actually be in Leavenworth turning big rocks into little ones. This is one of many times you are just going to have to suspend your beliefs.

How does Doris Day figure into all of this? Well it turns out Day, as the girl Bix rescued from the chorus line years ago, is in town, so Bix gets permission to try and get her to come to West Point for an appearance AND he tries to talk her into being the princess in the play. If not they are stuck with Alan Hale Jr. as the princess and romantic lead to Gordon McRae's character. There is only so much suspension of belief that an audience can take! All of this is just a chance for Bix to learn the importance of rules and teamwork he never learned in the war, for some patriotic numbers and speeches that didn't do a movie studio any harm in 1950 in the age of HUAC, and for Warner Brothers to "pass the baton" as you might say to their new generation of singers and dancers, embodied by McRae and Doris Day. Don't worry though, there is enough of Cagney's great dancing to satisfy.

The weirdest thing for me - seeing Cagney and Mayo play a rather functional couple after seeing them together in 1949's White Heat where they had the kind of love life you would expect between a psychopath and a gun moll with wandering eyes.

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