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Louis Hayward in a sort of reverse replay of "A Yank At Oxford"...
Apparently all it takes to not fit in at West Point is to be an American who was reared among English aristocracy and to have an attitude problem that puts others off--a certain vanity, cockiness and arrogance that your West Point roommates just won't tolerate.
What stretches credibility is that any cadet would be foolish enough to do the sort of things LOUIS HAYWARD does without expecting to win the animosity of the entire academy. Then again, for the entire academy to turn its back on him for some petty infractions, seems stretching things a bit for the sake of a plot device.
His American friends are played by TOM BROWN and RICHARD CARLSON and there's a great deal of game-playing that is shown at an almost tiresome rate when Hayward isn't finding romance in the person of JOAN FONTAINE. Poor Joan gets lost amidst all the rugby playing and drills and plays most of her role on the sidelines looking on rather wistfully. When ingenue roles came her way in the early '30s, they had a habit of making small use of her talent.
This one is pretty much a loser. Surprisingly, it opened at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall at a time when only prestigious films played the world's largest theater. Nevertheless, it remains pretty much a forgotten item these days.
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