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The Duke of West Point

The Duke of West Point(1938)

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Motion Picture Herald credits J. V. Schwartz with the film's sound, although Earl C. Sitar is given credit on the film. According to items in the AMPAS Library file on the film, the film went into general release on the East Coast on December 29, 1938 but did not open in Los Angeles until January 1939. A feature article in International Photographer in November 1938 named football star "Dutch" Wilcox as the person who actually threw the spectacular pass during one of the film's football sequences which, according to Hollywood Reporter, was made especially for the film. The film's pressbook noted that the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. was substituted for West Point's Michie Stadium, although according to news items in Hollywood Reporter, background shots and some exteriors of West Point were made on a three-week location unit shoot in June and July 1938. According to Motion Picture Herald, this was the first Edward Small production for United Artists after the initiation of a new agreement between them. Small released through United Artists several years previously but had subsequently gone to other companies. News items in Hollywood Reporter noted that Jack Dunn, an English ice skater who had headed the 1936 British Olympic team at the age of twenty-one, was scheduled to co-star in the film with Rochelle Hudson. After being hospitalized in early July 1938 for a streptococci eye infection, Dunn died ten days later of Tularemia, a rare blood disease which comes from the handling of rabbits, without having begun this picture. Dunn's death caused the start of the film's production to be delayed for several weeks, at which time Louis Hayward took over Dunn's role and Joan Fontaine took over Hudson's. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, actor Richard Carlson was borrowed from Selznick-International for his role in the picture. According to an ad in Film Daily on June 2, 1938, M-G-M was planning to make a film about the ice hockey rivalry between the American and Canadian military academies starring Robert Taylor. The film, which was to be titled Hands Across the Border, was never made.