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West Point: The Complete Series (1956)

4.6 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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West Point, produced with the full cooperation of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Military Academy, was based on actual files documenting many of the real-life dramatic occurrences at West Point over the years. Running from 1956 to 1957 the show featured big name guest stars such as Chuck Connors, Clint Eastwood, and Barbara Eden. It also showcased a young writer named Gene Roddenberry who wrote 9 episodes of West Point before going on to create the classic original Star Trek television program.

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  • Actors: Chuck Connors, Clint Eastwood, Barbara Eden
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 975 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A4F5A2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Timeless Media Group (TMG) has been on a roll lately releasing some top-notch television series of different genres from the 1950's and early 1960's. During this period American television had come to terms with itself as an art form and was making giant strides in the world of entertainment.

"The West Point Story" (also known as "West Point") was one of those great anthology series based on true events that thrived during this period of television history. Some others released by TMG of this type are two excellent series, "The Lawless Years" and "State Trooper." I own these DVD box sets, and have watched every episode of each series.

Week after week, these shows managed to squeeze a lot of fast-paced entertainment into a mere 25 minutes. I'm constantly amazed at the writing, acting, lighting, camerawork, and everything else that went into the making of these shows. And they were all done with limited budgets and very short shooting schedules.

"West Point" aired for two seasons with a total of 40 episodes. It was on CBS during the 1956-57 season and ABC during the 1957-58 season. The legendary Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek," wrote nine of the episodes in the first season.

Just a few of the young stars who appeared in various episodes were Barbara Eden, Chuck Connors, Larry Hagman, Ron Hagerhty, and Leonard Nimoy. Cadet Charles C. Thompson, portrayed by Donald May, hosted each episode of the first season.

*UPDATE* There is now a "West Point" trailer on the Timeless Media Group website. It features scenes from the episode that guest stars Leonard Nimoy. In the excerpts shown, the picture and sound are excellent which should be a good indication of the overall quality of the collection.
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Filmed frequently on location long before the United States Military Academy was significantly expanded and transformed into a coeducational liberal arts college, the series extends to viewers an invitation to go back in time and step through West Point's gray sallyports into cadet barracks, classrooms, gymnasium, dining hall and other cadet facilities that had been off limits to the many thousands who visited throughout the year. Though the stories may sometimes seem schmaltzy, the writing, in general, is actually quite good - - the immortal Gene Roddenberry wrote a number of them - - and the producers' attention to detail will be pleasantly apparent, especially to those who value technical accuracy. Such details include 'brown boys', 'the sinks', b-robes, 'sammy', The Days, The Minutes, plebe poop, slide rules, dragging 'pro', Weapons Room, hop cards, instructional, intramural & varsity athletics, Flirtation Walk, studying after Taps, 'spinning the spurs', Saturday reviews, the Hellcats, writs, turn-outs, walking the area, amnesty, Trophy Point, Michie Stadium, Camp Buckner and Lake Popolopen, slide for life, the reveille gun, etc. They're all to be seen (or seen again) plus much, much more. Only on occasion will eagle-eyed observers detect an inaccuracy. A special treat for those who purchase the series will be the opportunity to view future stars displaying their early acting chops, including Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Martin Milner, Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, Richard Jaeckel, Leonard Nimoy, Larry Hagman, Dick Sargent, James Dobson and others. All in all, a nostalgic, American period piece between the Korean War and Vietnam, when America relied chiefly on West Point to produce men of honor for the high purpose of leading American soldiers at every level on every American battlefield.
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First let me admit my bias. This was made while I was a cadet at West Point. There are some minor flufs in uniforms and language, but it is reasonably true to life and highly entertaining. I laughed my head off at Chuck Conners as a hard nosed but crafty Tactical officer, and was touched by the old fashioned patriotism expressed by the actors who were more or less submerged in the Corps of Cadets. That intimacy led to some funny things. As an upper classman, I saw a Plebe with his scarf improperly worn, walking where Plebes were not suposed to go. I halted him and began a forceful correction, until he said, "But I am an actor!" The scenes of the Corps of Cadets on parade have a martial beauty unequalled by any show. The quality is very good, as you would expect from acotrs who went on to starring roles, and the stories point up the power and might of the Academy's motto; Duty, Honor, Country
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ZIV Productions put out some of the best dramatic shows of mid-century television.
Sea Hunt, State Trooper, Highway Patrol,and West Point!
A dramatic look at the lives the young men that entered the gray portals of the United States Military Academy. Who if they survived, would become
the Officers who would lead the troops of the U.S. Army. Each episode, presented a cadet having a dilemma or crisis of one sort or another. Always to be resolved with the help of an understanding officer or upperclassmen (All done within the space of 25 min. minus commercials!)
These were great moral vignettes. That today fifty years later would be laughable! Especially in way the show portrayed women. And the cadets attitude towards same.
None the less this is an excellent old series from a bygone era.
Hopefully Timeless Media will obtain " Men of Annapolis" the companion series to
West Point. That was released a year later in 1958. As well as "The Silent Service" ,"Navy Log, and "Flight".
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