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
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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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