Warner's Had high hopes for this musical , but it was not very successful. the plot line was pretty thin. The plot had Cagney playing a Broadway producer living the life of a West point Cadet for several weeks. Regardless of the films success, Cagney was particularly fond of his dance numbers with Virginia Mayo and rated them among his very best.
If everything about the West Point Story where near as good as Jimmy Cagney is in it, this Warner musical would be the top musical of the year. the measure of Mr. Cagney's impact upon the whole tenuous show is patently indicated when he is not on the screen. for then the thing sags in woeful fashion, the romance becomes absurd and the patriotic chest- thumping becomes so much chorus-boy parade
Bosley Crowther, The NY times