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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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 (From ioncinema. 30 December 2014, 9:00 AM, PST)

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Doris Day Still Looks Great
 (From Alt Film Guide. 8 July 2013, 12:51 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Ultra Talented Cast, Weak Story, Production Values & Songs 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:
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 »
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:
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Ultra Talented Cast, Weak Story, Production Values & Songs, 6 December 2010
Author: joeparkson from United States

Next to "Yankee Doodle Dandy", this has Cagney's best dancing. It also has some fine dancing and singing from Virginia Mayo, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae & Gene Nelson. They all do very well, along with an early funny performance by Alan Hale Jr.

Shot in Technicolor, with better songs and more plausible story, this could have been another "The Bandwagon".

Cagney's role is similar to his role in the earlier musical 'Footloght Parade'. As in "Footlight", at one point, one of the dancers is unable to go on and Cagney's character fills in for him. Virginia Mayo plays the same sort of wise-cracking sexy blonde that Joan Blondell played in "Footlight".

The main main plot is Cagney being pressured into joining West Point to help them put on a musical. Adding to that implausibility is a cadet (Gordon MacRae) with a magnificent voice preferring to make a career in the Army, even after falling in love with a famous singing star (Doris Day basically playing herself).

The romance between Cagney and Mayo isn't so far fetched when you look at the movies Fred Astaire made with Leslie Caron, Audrey Hepburn and others. Virginia Mayo displays a fine dancing talent and lovely singing voice, and Doris Day shows she could dance as well as sing. I wish they'd left out the long patriotic number with Gordon MacRae and let him sing a ballad or duet with Doris. Gene Nelson is totally wasted here; they really didn't let him have a big dance number like his Kansas City number in "Oklahoma!" The movie would have been improved had there been an estrangement between Mayo and Cagney with perhaps a dalliance between Mayo and Nelson sparking jealousy in Cagney.

Even though Cagney is noticeably heavier here than in "Yankee Doodle Dandy", he still dances very well and delivers a comic performance complete with facial mugging and explosive tantrums. Those tantrums with lots of hopping up and down like a Warner Bros. cartoon character couldn't have been good for Cagney's 50 year old knees! Alan Hale Jr. was quite funny especially when his huge bulk is next to the short statured Cagney. Warner's should have made some sort of police comedy buddy movie with Hale and Cagney.

I enjoyed seeing Cagney and Mayo once again playing totally different parts. They play off each other very well as do Cagney and Day. It's obvious that MacRae and Day look so cute together that they just had to make more movies together with better songs. Cagney was sufficiently impressed with Doris Day that he pushed for her to get the Ruth Etting part in "Love Me Or Leave Me".

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