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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun musical with lots of singing and dancing
Set at West Point, this musical centers on Elwin Bixby's (James Cagney) misadventures as he tries to stage a show at the academy while trying to lure the young talented soldier Tom Fletcher (Gordon MacRae) away from army life and into showbusiness. Convinced that Tom's voice has star potential, Bixby uses pretty movie star Jan Wilson (Doris Day) as bait to try and charm...
Published on December 13, 2003 by Veronica L. Rivera

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless plot, good music (the 1950 movie)
Nowhere-going musical relies strictly on its star power, with pretty enjoyable performances. Although the plot is among the dumbest that have ever been brought to a musical film, the old songs are nearly sensational and it's fun to see Mr. Cagney dance.
Published on December 29, 1999 by Alex


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun musical with lots of singing and dancing, December 13, 2003
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Veronica L. Rivera (Glendale, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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Set at West Point, this musical centers on Elwin Bixby's (James Cagney) misadventures as he tries to stage a show at the academy while trying to lure the young talented soldier Tom Fletcher (Gordon MacRae) away from army life and into showbusiness. Convinced that Tom's voice has star potential, Bixby uses pretty movie star Jan Wilson (Doris Day) as bait to try and charm Tom out of army life. But plans backfire when Jan falls under the spell of the handsome soldier.
Tons of singing and dancing by Gordon MacRae, Doris Day, Gene Nelson, James Cagney, and Virginia Mayo.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining film, September 18, 2003
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I feel like this movie is getting a bad rap by some of the reviewers who have this mixed up with an actual West Point recruitment video. Well, this movie is a musical, and a rather enjoyable one at that. Even though the plot is silly and a little far-fetched, it's still a lot of fun to watch. If you can go along with the story and forget about its credibility in real life, then you should have no problem. The cast is excellent and they do a good job moving the story along. James Cagney is wonderful and I couldn't keep my eyes off him for a second. Sometimes I would rewind certain parts to watch them all over again. This film was funny and the musical numbers were a joy to watch, like "By the Kissing Rock" and my favorite, "B 'Postrophe, K No 'Postrophe, L-Y-N". I say if you're still not sure about this film, just get it to watch the Brooklyn number at the end -- the dancing was superb! Bottom line, I think this was a fun movie. If you like lots of dancing, James Cagney, and Doris Day -- you got it made.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dancing athlete!, December 7, 1999
This review is from: West Point Story [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is a rather cornball comedy for fans of Cagney-the-dancer.
Cagney is to be watched because he exudes sheer joy. It's a shame he didn't dance more in his films, but this flick preserves a fine display of hoofing talent.
"West Point Story" is one of only a few movies showing his celebrated footwork [the others being "Footlight Parade" (1934), "Something to Sing About" (1937), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1941) and "Seven Little Foys" (1957). Minor, but effective, dance scenes are staged in "Public Enemy" (1931) and "The Strawberry Blonde" (1940).]
Packed with stars (Doris Day, Gordon McCrae, Virginia Mayo, and Alan Hale Jr.), it focuses on a down-on-his-luck, pugnacious Broadway director (Cagney as Elwin Bixby) who winds up at West Point staging a show.
The plot is corny and slight, but Cagney makes it worthwhile. His character's temper tantrums are riotous as he jumps up and down in well-choreographed fits.
The score by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn is nice, with an exception of a goofy number called "The Military Polka."
But folks! It is the dancing you must see, especially the dance number "Brooklyn" ("B-apostrophe, K-no apostostrophe, L-Y-N!". Cagney -- in his tonally uncertain voice -- talks it with great effect. A rousing bluesly dance number ensues with a revealingly clad Virginia Mayo as a "fabulous wench from some other cent-ury."
Cag is outfitted in Cuban heels and a zoot suit, and is his sexiest with Mayo, as they strut and sidle in this number portraying a cocky Brooklynite's claim to have met the perfect dame. ("I said, 'Are you going my way/As we stroll down King's Highway?' /She whispered, 'C'est la mour'/ and I asked her 'Are you sure?' ... Yes this happened to me.") "Brooklyn" is Cagney's best dance scene ever, along with the "Give My Regards to Broadway" number in "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
You can forgive the rest of the film after seeing Cagney dance -- four scenes in all. It's equally amazing to see that this 51 year old could kick up his heels with seeming effortlessness. He was a dancing athlete, and is worth watching here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless plot, good music (the 1950 movie), December 29, 1999
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This review is from: West Point Story [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Nowhere-going musical relies strictly on its star power, with pretty enjoyable performances. Although the plot is among the dumbest that have ever been brought to a musical film, the old songs are nearly sensational and it's fun to see Mr. Cagney dance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ra Ra Ra Ra West Point Story Is Good, April 28, 2004
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Chris "Chris" (Leeds, Utah United States) - See all my reviews
Elwin Bixby (James Cagney) is the owner of a Night Club and is a down on his luck man who has been engaged to his sweet Girl Eve (Virginia Mayo) for 2 years well Eve tries to get him help so she gets him a job helping out with the West Point Academy Annual Musical their they meet Harry Eberhart (Gordon MacRae) who is the brains of the play and the one who wrote it up but one problem they have no girls to play the girls role but Bix promises the boys if they will help him out he will get Jan Wilson (Doris Day) to play the part. Well when they hear that they are all happy about the show so he gets her. And Harry and Jan fall in love the play is a hit to! Great Movie!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Notable Stars Enliven Ho-Hum Musical, November 17, 2010
This review is from: The West Point Story (DVD)
It's hard to get worked up about THE WEST POINT STORY, a wildly flyweight black-and-white musical that, in spite of memorable stars and character actors, must have seemed ridiculously old fashioned even when it was released in 1950. The story is purely foolish, with James Cagney playing a down-on-his-luck Broadway director who gets roped into staging the annual show at West Point; Virginia Mayo, Doris Day, and Gordon MacRae round out the cast.

Directed by the experienced Roy Del Ruth, the movie moves at a good clip, and the songs and dances are well performed if not especially memorable. The script leans hard on bluster and is short on wit, with Cagney providing the former and Mayo what there is of the latter. Day is seen early in her career, and is charming; MacRae, of course, would go on to greater success in the film versions of OKLAHOMA and CAROUSEL. Every one plays with a snap, but the overall movie is so ho-hum my finger itched on my remote's fast forward button.

The DVD has several special features that aren't particularly so. There is a news reel of the period, a feature on horse racing, and a truly enjoyable Looney Tunes featuring Daffy Duck--which is quite frankly better than the movie. When all is said and done, THE WEST POINT STORY is really best left to hardcore fans of its stars; most others will find it competent but completely uninspired.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Point Story movie musical, April 16, 2011
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The West Point Story was an excellent combination of talent! The Academy itself is a great institution that was established to create strong military leadership that was both important at the time of its founding and even more so today. James Cagney learns what it takes to be a cadet, as well as oversees a student-produced stage production in which he performs dance routines with Virginia Mayo and the other cadets. Doris Day also was part of the talent show that the cadets were planning, and Gene Nelson does some great dancing. I was delighted that Gordon MacRae was given five songs to sing with his beautifully rich and powerful baritone/tenor voice. Gordon also makes a great speech describing the values that are an important aspect of being part of West Point and the many important military leaders who graduated from there and have lead the fight for freedom and democracy. If you want to hear what West Point is all about, don't miss this movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far-fetched but fun!, November 11, 2009
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Is there nothing Cagney can't do? It would be rather intimidating to sing alongside powerhouses like Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, but James Cagney cannot be outdone. He's his usual stage-hogging but likable self. He's not a singing sensation, but he proves he had the confidence to pull it off. The film's weakest part is its plot; it is so insanely unrealistic and with any other actors I would've thrown this in the garbage, but the cast truly saves the day. The musical numbers aren't very catchy, but they're staged well and beautifully sung--especially by Gordon MacRae. Just leave your brain at the door and this film will entertain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!, January 11, 2009
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Totally classic. James Cagney with Doris Day and a young Gordon McCrae is an excellent combination. Love U.S.M.A. and film manages to convey some of the magic of the place and its traditions.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive documentary about a great institution., July 21, 1999
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This review is from: West Point Story [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I happen to be the producer of this documentary. I naturally gave it a five-star rating. But I'm not alone in my praise for this two-hour historical look at one of America's greatest institutions. The Superintendant of West Point, Lt. Gen Dan Christman called it "a superb production", and that's a high compliment, coming from the top man on campus. This, of course, is NOT the old Jimmy Cagey movie called The West Point Story. The full title of our documentary is The West Point Story: Fortress of Freedom. It traces the history of West Point from its beginnings, as a Revolutionary War fortress under the command of Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold, who tried to sell out the defenses of the fort in exchange for money from the British, to the present day. It covers the rich history of the academy and all the famous graduates it produced who went on to become household names...Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, George Armstrong Custer, William Tecumseh Sherman, John "Black Jack" Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and "Hap" Arnold, to name a few. The program features several famous graduates who granted us an interview. They reflect on their days at West Point and talk about what it means to them to be a West Point graduate. They include Gen. Alexander Haig, former Secretary of State, Col. Frank Borman and Col. Buzz Aldrin, astronauts, and Gen. H. Norman Shwarzkoph, architect of "Desert Storm". He talks about learning the tactics he used in Kuwait in a West Point classroom. We also interviewed the Army football coach, Bob Sutton. He talks about the glory years of Army football when Red Blair was the coach and the team featured two Heisman Trophy winners, Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. The top men at West Point, Generals Dan Christman (Superintendant) and Flethcher Lamkin (Dean of the Academic Board)discuss life and education at the Academy...and about a dozen West Point Cadets, the cream of American youth, talk about what it means to them to be a West Point Cadet. West Point is an extremely important part of American military might. As Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkoph puts it..."West Point is the keeper of the flame of military professionalism", and this documentary captures all that embodies that important charter. I recommend this documentary to anyone who loves history, America and the armed forces who defend our freedom.
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