Ten Gentlemen from West Point
|Ten Gentlemen from West Point|
|Directed by||Henry Hathaway|
|Produced by||William Perlberg|
|Written by||Richard Maibaum
|Based on||story by Malvin Wald|
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|June 26, 1942|
|Box office||$1 million (US rentals)|
Ten Gentlemen from West Point is a 1942 film directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars George Montgomery and Maureen O'Hara. Its cinematography was nominated for an Academy Award in 1943. George Montgomery replaced John Payne who was suffering an emotional upset at the time. The story tell a fictional story of the first class of the United States Military Academy in the early 1800s.
In the early 1800s, West Point Military Academy opens despite some doubting its worth - including the officer in charge, Sam Carter. A number of men enlist in the first class, including rich Howard Shelton and Kentucky backwoodsman Joe Dawson. The men are initially antagonistic towards each other, especially when Joe falls for Howard's fiance, Carolyn Brainbridge.
- George Montgomery as Joe Dawson
- Maureen O'Hara as Carolyn Brainbridge
- John Sutton as Howard Shelton
- Laird Cregar as Maj. Sam Carter
- Shepperd Strudwick as Henry Clay
- Louis Jean Heydt as Jared Danforth
- Victor Francen as Florimond Massey
- Harry Davenport as Bane
- Ward Bond as Scully
- Douglass Dumbrille as Gen. William Henry Harrison
- Ralph Byrd as Maloney
- Joe Brown Jr. as Benny Havens
- David Bacon as Shippen
- Esther Dale as Mrs. Thompson
- Richard Derr as Chester
- Stanley Andrews as Captain Sloane
- James Flavin as Captain Luddy
- Edna Mae Jones as Letty
- Charles Trowbridge as Senate president
- Tully Marshall as Grandpa
- Edwin Maxwell as John Randolph
- Uno as Old Put
- Edward Fielding as William Eustis
- Morris Ankrum as Wood
- Selmer Jackson as Sersen
- Noble Johnson as Tecumseh
- Blake Edwards as Cadet
- Tom Neal as Cadet
The film was originally called School for Soldiers. It was meant to star Tyrone Power, then was given to Henry Fonda and John Payne. Henry Hathaway signed to direct and Ben Hecht was bought on to rewrite the script. Eventually Fonda and Payne withdrew and were replaced by George Montgomery and Randolph Scott. Maureen O'Hara and Victor Mature were meant to play other roles. Eventually John Payne replaced Randolph Scott - but then John Sutton replaced Payne.
- "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58
- O'Hara, Maureen; Nicoletti, John. Tis Herself: An Autobiography. Simon & Schuster. pp. 80–83.
- "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Henry Fonda and John Payne Named for 'Ten Gentlemen From West Point' RIVOLI TO REOPEN SEPT. 1 ' Unfinished Business' Will Be First Attraction -- 'Charley's Aunt' Sets New Record". New York Times. 16 August 1941. p. 18.
- "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Fox Buys 'My Friend Flicka' as Roddy MacDowall Vehicle -- Role for Renaldo RUSSIAN FILM DUE TONIGHT ' Wings of Victory' Arrives at Stanley -- Roxy Holds Over 'Week-End in Havana'". New York Times. 14 November 1941. p. 29.