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Ten Gentlemen from West Point

Ten Gentlemen from West Point(1942)

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Among those who are fighting to have Congress re-establish the military academy at West Point in the beginning of the nineteenth century is a young Washington socialite, Carolyn Bainbridge (Maureen O'Hara). Congress resolves to revive the Academy on a one-year trial basis. Major Sam Carter (Laird Cregar), a martinet who doesn't believe a college can produce real fighting men, is made the Commandant, and determines to make soldiers - or failures - out of the small band of cadets, by enforcing stringent disciplinary action. Among the cadets are Howard Shelton (John Sutton), Carolyn's fiancee, and Dawson (George Montgomery), a Kentucky frontiersman. There is bad blood between the two from the start, and matters are worsened when Dawson falls in love with Carolyn. Many of the cadets resign, under the discouraging conditions and grueling punishment that is part of Carter's plan to make the school hard and the exercises difficult, and the number of cadets left is down to ten. Word arrives that the Indian chief Tecumseh (Noble Johnson) has gone on the warpath, and Carter is ordered to take part in quelling the rebellion, and to include the cadets along with the regular Bombadiers. Shelton, on patrol, is shot at by an Indian, and hot-headedly leaves his post in pursuit. Dawson leaves to bring him back followed by Major Carter who is captured by the Indians. Using tactics learned at West Point, the small band of cadets attack and demoralize the much larger Indian force, and succeed in rescuing Carter, and Dawson is wounded. Carter is grateful for the actions taken by the band, but says that Shelton and Dawson cannot remain as cadets since they had violated the rules by leaving their posts, and would be a bad precedent for future cadets. Carolyn has come to the Point to marry the unsuspecting Dawson, who thought she loved Shelton.

Cast & Crew

Henry Hathaway Director
George Montgomery [Joe] Dawson
Maureen O'Hara Carolyn Bainbridge
John Sutton Howard Shelton
Laird Cregar Major Sam Carter
John Shepperd Henry Clay
Victor Francen Florimond Massey
Ward Bond Scully
Douglass Dumbrille Gen. William Henry Harrison
Ralph Byrd Maloney
Joe Brown Jr. Benny Havens
David Bacon Shippen
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 4 Jun 1942; Los Angeles opening: 25 Jun 1942
Release Date:  1942 Production Date:  Darryl F. Zanuck in Charge of Production
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loaner #1807
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Duration(mins):  103-104 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  9,180    
Duration(reels):  11    

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  • Great Rambunctious Entertainment

    Daren Kelly 2014-02-03

    What a cast!! With Laird Cregar,Harry Davenport , Victor Francen, and Ward Bond in support. The Lacrosse game is a beautifully edited comic/action piece.... MORE>

  • great movies

    don egan 2013-10-22

    i sawmovie alot growing up have not se this en it in awhile agreat movie hope its on tcn soon MORE>

  • Nice Bit of Film History

    John Quimby 2012-10-23

    Always liked this film when it was regularly shown on TV. Note that the production began in December 1941, just weeks after Pearl Harbor. Clearly this film... MORE>