The West Point Story (1950)

106-107 mins | Musical | 25 November 1950

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HISTORY

The film ends with the following written statement: "Warner Bros. acknowledges with grateful thanks the aid and cooperation provided by the United States Military Academy in making this picture possible." The "One Hundredth Night Show" is West Point's traditional variety show, so-called because it is staged one hundred days before June graduation. Director Roy Del Ruth appears as a corporal in the film. Ray Heindorf's score was nominated for an Academy ... More Less

The film ends with the following written statement: "Warner Bros. acknowledges with grateful thanks the aid and cooperation provided by the United States Military Academy in making this picture possible." The "One Hundredth Night Show" is West Point's traditional variety show, so-called because it is staged one hundred days before June graduation. Director Roy Del Ruth appears as a corporal in the film. Ray Heindorf's score was nominated for an Academy Award. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Nov 1950.
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Daily Variety
14 Nov 50
pp. 3-4.
Film Daily
16 Nov 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
29 May 50
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 1950.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Aug 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Nov 50
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Nov 50
p. 569.
New York Times
23 Dec 50
p. 11.
Variety
15 Jan 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Stills
Gaffer
Best boy
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Props
Asst props
COSTUMES
Ward
Ward
MUSIC
Vocal arr
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Dance numbers dir by
Dances staged by
Dances staged by
James Cagney's dances created by
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Army Blue," music by George R. Poulton.
SONGS
"Ten Thousand Sheep," "By the Kissing Rock," "You Love Me," "One Hundred Days Until June," "Military Polka," "Long Before I Knew You," "B'klyn," music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 November 1950
Production Date:
12 June--21 August 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1950
Copyright Number:
LP491
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
106-107
Length(in feet):
9,609
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When down-on-his-luck Broadway director Elwin "Bix" Bixby is offered a job by producer Harry Eberhart, Bix, who is estranged from Eberhart, turns the offer down sight unseen. After Bix's longtime girl friend, Eve Dillon, vows to leave him and take a job in Las Vegas, however, Bix agrees to talk to Eberhart. Eberhart wants Bix to direct the annual West Point "One Hundredth Night" show, which was written by Eberhart's nephew, Tom Fletcher. Bix, who hates West Pointers, having served under them in the war, again refuses the job. Eberhart then offers to have Eve's Las Vegas job canceled if Bix will convince Tom to perform in a Broadway production of his show. This changes Bix's mind and he leaves with Eve for West Point. Bix is impressed by the Academy's show and by Tom's talents but is continually frustrated by West Point regulations. During a quarrel, Bix hits a cadet and is almost fired, but the administration agrees to let him stay if he will become a cadet himself. When all of Bix's arguments fail to convince Tom to give up his military career for the stage, Bix invites movie star Jan Wilson to West Point to be Tom's date at the upperclass hop and recruits her to help persuade Tom to leave West Point. The more Jan listens to Tom's plans for the future, however, the less she is on Bix's side. Eventually, Jan and Tom fall in love. Meanwhile, Bix continues his West Point training and works on the show in his free time. When Bix learns that Jan and Tom have become engaged, he has her ordered ... +


When down-on-his-luck Broadway director Elwin "Bix" Bixby is offered a job by producer Harry Eberhart, Bix, who is estranged from Eberhart, turns the offer down sight unseen. After Bix's longtime girl friend, Eve Dillon, vows to leave him and take a job in Las Vegas, however, Bix agrees to talk to Eberhart. Eberhart wants Bix to direct the annual West Point "One Hundredth Night" show, which was written by Eberhart's nephew, Tom Fletcher. Bix, who hates West Pointers, having served under them in the war, again refuses the job. Eberhart then offers to have Eve's Las Vegas job canceled if Bix will convince Tom to perform in a Broadway production of his show. This changes Bix's mind and he leaves with Eve for West Point. Bix is impressed by the Academy's show and by Tom's talents but is continually frustrated by West Point regulations. During a quarrel, Bix hits a cadet and is almost fired, but the administration agrees to let him stay if he will become a cadet himself. When all of Bix's arguments fail to convince Tom to give up his military career for the stage, Bix invites movie star Jan Wilson to West Point to be Tom's date at the upperclass hop and recruits her to help persuade Tom to leave West Point. The more Jan listens to Tom's plans for the future, however, the less she is on Bix's side. Eventually, Jan and Tom fall in love. Meanwhile, Bix continues his West Point training and works on the show in his free time. When Bix learns that Jan and Tom have become engaged, he has her ordered back to California. Tom leaves the Academy to go after her, thereby jeopardizing his military career. After Jan tells Tom that her career plans will not allow her to marry him, Bix brings Tom back to West Point, where he is arrested and the show is canceled. Determined to save Tom's career, Eve learns that heads of state and diplomats can grant amnesty to cadets. Realizing that he was responsible for Tom's downfall, Bix resolves to bring the visiting French Premier to West Point to pardon the cadet. At first, the Premier refuses, but when Bix displays the Medaille Militaire that he won during the war, the Premier agrees to the plan. The show goes on, and Bix secretly arranges for Jan to perform in it. Tom and Jan are reconciled and plan to marry as soon as he graduates. Eberhart is furious when he learns that Tom will be staying in the military, and he becomes even angrier when the Academy presents Bix with the book and songs from the show so that he can produce it on Broadway. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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