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Above: William Haines gazing at his gal pal Joan Crawford in "West Point."

"West Point" 1928

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Cast: Release date - January 2, 1928 (premiere), January 8, 1928 (Nationwide, U.S.A.)


Release date - January 2, 1928 (premiere), January 8, 1928 (Nationwide, U.S.A.)

Running time - 80 minutes (9 reels)

Director - Edward Sedgwick

Writing Credits - Joseph Farnham (titles), Raymond L. Schrock (story)

Producer - Unknown

Cinematographer - Ira H. Morgan

Costumes - Gilbert Clark

Studio - MGM - Black and White - Silent

Movie Synopsis

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Bruce Wayne (no, not Batman's alter ego. This character is played by William Haines) is a football star who enters West Point and makes no friends with his arrogant nature. He rebels against the academy and all of its strict rules and he eventually resigns. However, he returns just in time to help his team win the big football game. Betty Channing (Joan) is his love interest, a small role for her, in a film completely geared toward William Haines.

Interesting Trivia

Joan caused quite a stir whilst filming on location at the military academy in the summer of 1927. She not only refused to wear stockings, but it was rumored she had more than a few flings with the cadets, one of which was expelled from the academy for having an affair with her. [www.imdb.com].


Box Office Receipts - $692,000
Inflation Value in 2007: $8,364,135.20

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Reviews

Film Daily had this to say, "Bright and breezy comedy skit involving the cadet maneuvers at West Point and in particular the affairs of a wisecracking "plebe". William Haines the chesty "Mr. Dumbjohn" who gets some of the starch taken out of him before the end. Joan Crawford the girl. William Bakewell in a first-rate bit as hero's buddy."

Photoplay(1928) said this, "Following closely upon DeMille's Dress Parade, we are compelled to note the similarity between the two pictures. Both make desperate efforts to correctly portray "the spirit of the Corps," and both succeed. Bill Haines' starring vehicle is a comedy drama and treats everything in a humorous vein in the beginning, getting many laughs....Joan Crawford is Bill's sweetheart."

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