West Point: The Complete Series (1956)
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"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.Read more ›
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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Great series. I had never seen it before and only purchased it because it had high ratings. The quality of each episode was clear with a sharp image. Read morePublished 12 days ago by William Boswell
I was at West Point as a cadet from 1954-1959; the series presents an accurate portrait of life at the Academy a half century ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas W. Leo
This is pure nostalgia - I am too young to remember when this was on TV - but they did show these via film and projector on bedsheets at football rallies when I was a cadet ('74 -... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert A. Maszarose
I like this series, It is good, but stilted as old tv shows were.Published 5 months ago by Susan Endo
GREAT STARS in this series! It depicts life in West Point as it was & as it should have continued to be!! If it did, we would still be the greatest Nation in the world today! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. F.