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West Point of the Air (1935)

Passed | | Drama | 30 July 1935 (Hungary)
A father and son aviation drama, in which a gruff sergeant wants to make a man and a flyer out of his young son.


Richard Rosson


Frank Wead (screen play), Arthur J. Beckhard (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Big Mike Stone
Robert Young ... Little Mike Stone
Lewis Stone ... General Carter
Maureen O'Sullivan ... 'Skip' Carter
Russell Hardie ... Phil Carter
Rosalind Russell ... Dare Marshall
James Gleason ... 'Bags'
Henry Wadsworth ... Lieutenant Pettis
Robert Taylor ... Jaskarelli
Robert Livingston ... Pippinger
Frank Conroy ... Captain Cannon
G. Pat Collins ... Lieutenant Kelly
Ronnie Cosby ... Mike Stone - as a Boy
Bobby Caldwell Bobby Caldwell ... Phil Carter - as a Boy (as Bobbie Caldwell)
Marilyn Spinner Marilyn Spinner ... 'Skip' Carter - as a Girl


A father and son aviation drama, in which a gruff sergeant wants to make a man and a flyer out of his young son.

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Filmed on and around Randolph Army Air Field (now Randolph Air Force Base) in San Antonio, TX. Most of the buildings are still in use, but have been remodeled into offices. Flight training is still conducted on the base. See more »


When the initial flying training ensues, the clips of two-seat trainers landing clearly have some two-seaters landing with only a pilot in the back seat and an empty front seat, although they are supposed to be training flights with both an instructor and a student pilot aboard. See more »


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(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at Kelly's wreckage
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What Do We Do With The Next Generation
10 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Wallace Beery and Lewis Stone have both risen as far as they can in the Army, Stone's a general and Beery a top sergeant. Since Stone has a daughter who grows up to be Maureen O'Sullivan and girls did not aspire to such strictly male things as a military career back in the day, both old guys hope that Robert Young who is Beery's son succeeds.

Young as Beery's son gets a legacy appointment to West Point in West Point of the Air and upon graduation joins the Army Air Corps. Can he measure up is the burning question.

Wallace Beery adds to his repertoire of scene stealing old codgers again in this film. Imagine Judge Hardy in the military and you've got Lewis Stone's performance. Between the two of them they make West Point of the Air passably good entertainment.

Though Robert Young and Maureen O'Sullivan are the two young leads, MGM was giving some exposure to two of its younger contract players who went on to have bigger careers than the leads. Rosalind Russell plays the typical bad girl divorcée who seduces Young and move him from the straight and narrow path of duty. She's good, but no trace of the sparkling Roz of The Women or His Girl Friday.

And Robert Taylor has a small role as another of the young flying cadets with Young. One look at him and you knew that man was going to be a star and he has a death scene that I'm sure made a lot in the audience write to MGM and ask who this handsome devil was.

West Point of the Air was nice, but nothing terribly special except as a training ground for future stars.

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Release Date:

30 July 1935 (Hungary) See more »

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Filming Locations:

McQueeney, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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