The West Point Story (TV series)

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The West Point Story
WestPointCompleteSeries.jpg
Complete Series DVD cover
Written by Gene Roddenberry (9 episodes, 1956-1957)
Don Brinkley (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Directed by Ted Post
James Sheldon
Leon Benson
Henry S. Kesler
Starring Donald May (Host)
Theme music composer Philip Egner
Alfred Parham
Opening theme "West Point March"
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40
Production
Producer(s) Maurice Unger
Production company(s) Ziv Television Programs
Broadcast
Original channel CBS (1956 - 1957)
ABC (1957 - 1958)
Picture format Black-and-white
Original run October 5, 1956 – July 5, 1957

The West Point Story (Also known as simply West Point) is a dramatic anthology television series shown in the United States by Columbia Broadcasting System during the 1956-57 season and by ABC during the 1957-58 season.

The West Point Story, produced with the full cooperation of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Military Academy, was said to be based on actual files documenting many of the real-life dramatic occurrences at West Point over the years. Names and dates were altered in order to protect the privacy of the real people portrayed, however. The program was hosted by a fictional cadet, Charles C. Thompson (portrayed by actor Donald May).

During its second season on ABC, The West Point Story was in competition with NBC's The Californians, set in San Francisco during the gold rush of the 1850s, and with The $64,000 Question quiz series on CBS. The West Point Story was replaced on the summer schedule in 1958 by Jack Wyatt's Confession, which continued to air during the first half of the 1958-1959 season in the 10 p.m. Tuesday evening time slot.

At the time that The West Point Story was broadcast, four other military dramas aired either through syndication or on the major networks: Harbor Command, Navy Log, The Silent Service, and Men of Annapolis.

On February 26, 2013 Timeless Media Group released the entire series in a four-disc DVD format.[1]

Guest stars[edit]

Among those appearing on The West Point Story are Pat Conway, Clint Eastwood, Barbara Eden, Ron Foster, Larry Hagman (uncredited), Ron Hagerthy, Tyler MacDuff, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Leonard Nimoy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, David (November 23, 2012). "West Point - Cover Art for 'The Complete TV Series' on DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 

Brooks, Tim, and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows

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