The West Point Story (film)

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The West Point Story
TheWestPointStory.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Produced by Louis F. Edelman
Written by Irving Wallace
Charles Hoffman
John Monks Jr.
Starring James Cagney
Virginia Mayo
Doris Day
Music by Ray Heindorf
Cinematography Sidney Hickox
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 22, 1950 (1950-12-22)
Running time 107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.8 million (US rentals)[1]

The West Point Story (also known as Fine and Dandy) is a 1950 musical comedy film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Doris Day.

Plot[edit]

Elwin 'Bix' Bixby (Cagney) is an unemployed Broadway musical director who agrees to stage the annual 100th Night show at West Point called for producer Harry Eberhart (Roland Winters).[2][3]

Cast[edit]

Musical numbers[edit]

1. "Hail Alma Mater" - Sung by Chorus behind titles.

2. "It's Raining Sundrops" - Sung by Chorus, Danced by James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Chorus in rehearsal.

3. "One Hundred Days 'Til June" - Sung by Gordon MacRae and Chorus.

4. "By the Kissing Rock" - Sung by Gordon MacRae; danced by Gordon MacRae, Alan Hale, Jr. and Chorus.

5. "By the Kissing Rock" (reprise 1) - Sung and Danced by James Cagney and Virginia Mayo (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams).

6. "Long Before I Knew You" - Sung by Gordon MacRae, Danced by Gene Nelson.

7. "Long Before I Knew You" - Danced by Gene Nelson.

8. "Ten Thousand Four Hundred Thirty-Two Sheep" - Sung by Doris Day and Chorus.

9. "The Military Polka" - Sung and Danced by Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams), Gene Nelson and Chorus.

10. "You Love Me" - Sung by Gordon MacRae.

11. "By the Kissing Rock" (reprise 2) - Sung by Gordon MacRae and Doris Day.

12. "By the Kissing Rock" (reprise 3) - Sung by Virginia Mayo (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams).

13. "The Corps" - Sung by Gordon MacRae and Chorus.

14. "The Toy Trumpet" - Danced by Gene Nelson and Chorus.

15. "You Love Me" (reprise) - Sung by Gordon MacRae and Doris Day.

16. "B 'Postrophe K No 'Postrophe LYN/It Could Only Happen in Brooklyn" - Sung by James Cagney and Chorus, danced by James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Chorus.

17. "This Is the Finale" - Sung and Danced by Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams), Gene Nelson and Chorus.

Reception[edit]

The film received two award nominations in 1951. Ray Heindorf was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture and John Monks Jr., Charles Hoffman and Irving Wallace were nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for Best Written American Musical.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  2. ^ Brenner, Paul. "The West Point Story > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Fresh treatment and new twists to the musical formula make The West Point Story worthwhile entertainment.". Variety. 1950. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 

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