Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Directed byHenry Hathaway
Screenplay byRichard Maibaum
George Seaton (additional dialogue)
Story byMalvin Wald
Produced byWilliam Perlberg
StarringGeorge Montgomery
Maureen O'Hara
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Edited byJames B. Clark
Music byAlfred Newman
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
June 26, 1942
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (US rentals)[2]
$1,684,800 (worldwide)[1]

Ten Gentlemen from West Point is a 1942 film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring George Montgomery and Maureen O'Hara. Its cinematography was nominated for an Academy Award in 1943.[3] George Montgomery replaced John Payne who was suffering an emotional upset at the time.[4] The story tell a fictional story of the first class of the United States Military Academy in the early 1800s.


In the early 19th century, West Point Military Academy opens despite some doubting its worth - including the officer in charge, Sam Carter. A number of men enlist in the first class, including rich Howard Shelton and Kentucky backwoodsman Joe Dawson. The men are initially antagonistic towards each other, especially when Joe falls for Howard's fiance, Carolyn Brainbridge.

The men take part in the war against Tecumseh with William Henry Harrison.


Scene from Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Scene from Ten Gentlemen from West Point


The film was originally called School for Soldiers. It was meant to star Tyrone Power, then was given to Henry Fonda and John Payne. Henry Hathaway signed to direct and Ben Hecht was bought on to rewrite the script.[5] Eventually Fonda and Payne withdrew and were replaced by George Montgomery and Randolph Scott. Maureen O'Hara and Victor Mature were meant to play other roles.[6] Eventually John Payne replaced Randolph Scott - but then John Sutton replaced Payne.

The costumes were designed by Dolly Tree.


The film recorded a loss of $89,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Mank, Gregory William (2018). Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy. McFarland.
  2. ^ "101 Pix Gross in Millions", Variety, January 6, 1943, p. 58
  3. ^ "Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942): Awards". IMDb.
  4. ^ O'Hara, Maureen; Nicoletti, John. Tis Herself: An Autobiography. Simon & Schuster. pp. 80–83.
  5. ^ "Screen News Here And In Hollywood: Henry Fonda and John Payne Named for 'Ten Gentlemen From West Point' Rivoli To Reopen Sept. 1 ' Unfinished Business' Will Be First Attraction -- 'Charley's Aunt' Sets New Record". New York Times. August 16, 1941. p. 18.
  6. ^ "Screen News Here And In Hollywood: Fox Buys 'My Friend Flicka' as Roddy MacDowall Vehicle -- Role for Renaldo Russian Film Due Tonight ' Wings of Victory' Arrives at Stanley -- Roxy Holds Over 'Week-End in Havana'". New York Times. November 14, 1941. p. 29.