AT THE UNIVERSITY
The recent surge of nationalism has turned Hollywood's attention back to a uniquely American type of hero, the hairy-chested Western badman. But the chest of "The Oklahoma Kid" is sparsely covered with hair. In fact, the whole production has little muscle, little mind, small sense, and less sensibility. Cagney is thrown into a weak part to satisfy the ambitions of the directors to produce an "epic drama". All they achieve is a lot of noise, no subtlety, no poignancy, no emotional strength. "The Oklahoma Kid" is no epic,--just a second feature misplaced.
At moments when human values are treated without sham and military fanfare, "The Duke of West Point" is a really good picture. Louis Hayward, Tom Brown and Richard Carlson are a trio worth watching.