Review: ‘The West Point Story’

Fresh treatment and new twists to the musical formula make The West Point Story worthwhile entertainment.

Fresh treatment and new twists to the musical formula make The West Point Story worthwhile entertainment.

James Cagney sparkplugs the fun and frolic among a group of players who press him hard for top honors. Another big assist in putting this one over is Virginia Mayo. She bolsters the comedy and wallops the eyes with her array of s.a.

There are several production numbers in keeping with the cadet background of the story.

The story has Cagney as a brash Broadway director down on his luck who accepts the assignment to stage the annual West Point show, ‘100th Night’. Gordon MacRae, a cadet, wrote the show’s book and tunes, and his producer uncle wants it and the young man for a Broadway staging.

1950: Nomination: Best Score of a Musical Picture

The West Point Story

Production

Warner. Director Roy Del Ruth; Producer Louis F. Edelman; Screenplay John Monks Jr, Charles Hoffmann, Irving Wallace; Camera Sid Hickox; Editor Owen Marks; Music Ray Heindorf (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

James Cagney Virginia Mayo Doris Day Gordon MacRae Gene Nelson Alan Hale Jr
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