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The Spirit of West Point (October 4, 1947)

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The Spirit of West Point
 

Released on January 8, 1952: (running time 1 hour and 16 minutes) The true story of the Touchdown Twins during the historic 1944 football season for the Army Black Knights football team.

Produced by Harry Joe Brown and John W. Rogers

Directed by Ralph Murphy

The Actors: Felix Blanchard (himself, Felix Anthony 'Doc' Blanchard, Mr. Inside), Glenn Davis (himself, Mr. Outside), Robert Shayne (Colonel Earl 'Red' Blaik), Anne Nagel (Mrs. Blaik), Alan Hale Jr. (Oklahoma Cutter), George O'Hanlon (Joe Wilson, sports reporter), Michael Browne (Roger 'Mileaway' McCarty), Tanis Chandler (Mildred), Mary Newton (Mrs. Mary Blanchard), William Forrest (Doctor Felix Blanchard), Lee Bennett (Cadet Cabot), Mickey McCardle (quarterback), John Gallaudet (Lou Ferriss, Broadway racketeer), Rudy Wissler (Young Doc Blanchard), Tom Harmon (himself, Thomas Dudley Harmon, pro football player and radio sportscaster), Bill Stern (radio sportscaster), Harry Wismer (radio sportscaster), Margaret Wells (Mrs. Davis), Franklin Parker (Ralph Davis Sr.), Douglas Evans (Corbett, Broadway racketeer), Franklyn Farnum (game spectator), Dick Fishell (coach Ralph Baker), Roy Gordon (Colonel Grey), Ralph Graves (Burt), Reed Howes (Naval Commander), Troy Melton (cadet), Charles Williams (Bill, film projectionist), General Dwight D. 'Ike' Eisenhower (himself, cameo appearance in movie newsreel)

 

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Football is More than a Game at West Point

Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the United States in 1800, becoming the third President of the young nation. Shortly after he took office in 1801 he called for the establishment of a United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. America’s first military academy opened on March 16, 1802.

The Army football team played its first game in 1890. It was, and still is, mandatory for all West Point Cadets to attend every home game, and to stand for the duration of every game. In 1944 the Army Black Knights football team won its first national championship with the help of Doc Blanchard, Glenn Davis and Pete Dawkins. They went on to win national championships in the following two years also.

Doc Blanchard was the first Junior to win the Heisman Trophy in 1945, and all three of the star players for those championship teams would also win the Heisman Trophy.

This story includes both Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis playing themselves, and chronicles their time at West Point and the adventures of the Army Black Knights football team, ending with the climactic 1944 Army-Navy game. Are you ready for some football? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Doc Blanchard
Doc Blanchard
Glenn Davis
Glenn Davis
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Anne Nagel
Anne Nagel
Bill Stern
Bill Stern
Charles Williams
Charles Williams
Douglas Evans and John Gallaudet
Douglas Evans and John Gallaudet
Felix 'Doc' Blanchard and Glenn Davis
Felix 'Doc' Blanchard and Glenn Davis
Felix 'Doc' Blanchard and Glenn Davis
Felix 'Doc' Blanchard and Glenn Davis
Doc Blanchard with the nurses
Doc Blanchard with the nurses
Franklin Parker, Margaret Wells and Mary Elizabeth
Franklin Parker, Margaret Wells and Mary Elizabeth
George O'Hanlon
George O'Hanlon
Glenn Davis
Glenn Davis
Glenn Davis
Glenn Davis
Glenn Davis
Glenn Davis
Harry Wismer
Harry Wismer
Josephine
Josephine
Margaret Wells and Glenn Davis
Margaret Wells and Glenn Davis
Margaret Wells
Margaret Wells
Mary Newton
Mary Newton
Michael Browne
Michael Browne
Michael Browne
Michael Browne
Mickey McCardle and Robert Shayne
Mickey McCardle and Robert Shayne
Mileaway McCarty's girlfriend
Mileaway McCarty's girlfriend
Mr. Schneider and Charles Williams
Mr. Schneider and Charles Williams
Mr. Schneider and Dick Fishell
Mr. Schneider and Dick Fishell
Robert Shayne
Robert Shayne
Robert Shayne and Anne Nagel
Robert Shayne and Anne Nagel
Robert Shayne
Robert Shayne
Roy Gordon and Glenn Davis
Roy Gordon and Glenn Davis
Roy Gordon
Roy Gordon
Rudy Wissler and William Forrest
Rudy Wissler and William Forrest
Rudy Wissler
Rudy Wissler
Thomas Dudley Harmon
Thomas Dudley Harmon
Tom Harmon
Tom Harmon
Vera
Vera
William Forrest
William Forrest