The West Point Story (TV series)
|The West Point Story|
Complete Series DVD cover
|Written by||Gene Roddenberry (9 episodes, 1956-1957)|
Don Brinkley (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
|Directed by||Ted Post|
Henry S. Kesler
|Starring||Donald May (Host)|
|Theme music composer||Philip Egner|
|Opening theme||"West Point March"|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Ziv Television Programs|
|Original network||CBS (1956 - 1957)|
ABC (1957 - 1958)
|Original release||October 5, 1956 –|
July 5, 1957
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.
Among those who made at least one appearance in The West Point Story are Martin Milner, Carolyn Craig, Richard Jaeckel, Dick Sargent, Pat Conway, Chuck Connors, Clint Eastwood, Ron Foster, Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman (miscredited), Hayden Rorke, Larry Pennell, Ron Hagerthy, Tyler MacDuff, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Karen Sharpe, and Leonard Nimoy.
Gene Roddenberry wrote all or part of ten to twelve of the 39 episodes. Sources differ as to which episodes he should be credited with.
- Lambert, David (November 23, 2012). "West Point - Cover Art for 'The Complete TV Series' on DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- The Long Gray Line - series referenced in book by author and journalist Rick Atkinson.
- The West Point Story on IMDb
- The West Point Story at TV.com
- West Point Story at CVTA with episode list
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