This tells of the establishment of West Point as a military academy in the early 1800s, and the experiences of the original class of cadets. After a brief prolog in which Congress is shown debating and then passing an appropriation for maintenance of the military training school, picture swings to the old fort and the arrival of the first class.
The cadets are considered intruders by the regular bombardier company quartered at West Point, and are rousingly hazed by the commanding major.
There’s a fair amount of dramatic incident, and some comedy injected to keep up audience interest – but overall the picture drops too many times into the doldrums. Only the patriotic angle helps it survive.
Major difficulty encountered by scripter Richard Maibaum [working from an idea by Malvin Ward] seems to be the requirement of jelling dramatic episodes with factual history – and, as is usually the case, the problem was too great for Maibaum to solve for sustained entertainment purposes.