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The Duke of West Point (1938)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | 29 December 1938 (USA)
An arrogant Cambridge student emigrates to America and enrolls at the West Point.


Alfred E. Green


George Bruce (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Hayward ... Steven Earley
Joan Fontaine ... Ann Porter
Tom Brown ... Sonny Drew
Richard Carlson ... Jack West
Alan Curtis ... Cadet Strong
Don 'Red' Barry ... Cadet Grady (as Donald Barry)
Steve Pendleton ... Cadet Rains (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Doc Porter
Jed Prouty ... Mr. Drew
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Drew
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. West
George McKay George McKay ... Varsity Hockey Coach
James Flavin ... Plebe Hockey Coach
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Plebe Football Coach
Kenneth Harlan ... Varsity Football Coach


Steve Early (Louis Hayward), the son of an American Embassy Official in London, sails to America to enter West Point in line with family tradition. Although warned by his father that he , raised in England, will be entering a strange and new way of life. His first mistake is arriving at West Point with more pomp-and-circumstance than is fitting for an incoming plebe. Then, by befriending Sonny Drew (Tom Brown), another plebe who is unmercifully teased as a 'mother's boy, Steve further alienates the upperclassmen. Drew and a poor boy from the country, Jack West (Richard Carlson) become Steve's room-mates. As plebes, the three are bullied by Corporal Strong (Alan Curtis), according to academy customs,and Steve, on one of his many assigned hazing errands, stumble and falls at the feet of Strong and Ann Porter (Joan Fontaine). Making the most of his accident, , thereby antagonizing Strong still further. Later, Ste crashes an upperclassmen hop-forbidden to plebes- to see Ann. To do this he... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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If your face doesn't fit...
16 January 2021 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Louis Hayward is "Steve Earley", one of those folks you might have met at university and taken an instant dislike to! He is young, handsome, good at sport and generally the kind of person we all loathe! Well, he relocates from Cambridge University at which he excelled at rugby union ("rugger") to train at the West Point Military Academy at which he excels at just about everything too - much to the chagrin of many of his fellow students who find his cockiness a bit too much! He does make a few friends, though - and a combination of his charms and quick wittedness also ensures that he attracts the attention of "Ann" (a fairly underwhelming Joan Fontaine). When he is finally brought to book for a misdemeanour, he refuses to resign and is thereby ostracised by his colleagues until he manages to join the ice hockey team and... Hayward is good in this, he has some decent one-liners and works hard to create the image we love to hate. The ending is just a little too twee, but coupled with some decent supporting roles from Richard Carlson, Alan Curtis as his nemesis "Strong" and Tom Brown as his mate "Drew" the film moves along fine with just about enough star quality to keep it enjoyable.

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29 December 1938 (USA) See more »

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O Duque de West Point See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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