The West Point Story (Fine and Dandy)


(out of 5)

Even fans of musicals find it difficult to endure the military-themed ones, but this one is bearable thanks to the energy and charm of its stars.  plays a washed-up Broadway director who is hired to direct a musical production done by the students of West Point Academy. Arriving there he meets his rival producer’s nephew (), a golden-voiced Lothario whom Cagney is hoping to sign a contract with and exploit. To perk up the production, Cagney asks an old friend who is now a movie star () to show up and be the one girl in the show. Routine plot with some pretty ridiculous incidents and endless spouting of military rhetoric, all boiling down to a grand musical finale. Day is delightful and sings beautifully, while  is ridiculously cast at the age of 30 as Cagney’s long-suffering, aging fiancee.

USA, 1950

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by , , Irving Wallace

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1950


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