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Best Foot Forward (1943)

Passed  -  Musical | Comedy  -  8 October 1943 (USA)
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Lucille Ball accepts an invitation to a military academy's senior prom in order to boost her career..

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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William Gaxton ...
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Tommy Dix ...
Bud Hooper
Nancy Walker ...
Nancy - Blind Date
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Ethel
Kenny Bowers ...
Dutch Miller
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Minerva
Jack Jordan ...
Hunk
Beverly Tyler ...
Miss Delaware Water Gap, Vocalist
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Chester Short
Henry O'Neill ...
Maj. Reeber
Sara Haden ...
Miss Talbert
Donald MacBride ...
Capt. Bradd
Bob Stebbins ...
Greenie (as Bobby Stebbins)
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Storyline

Bud Hooper, a cadet at Winsocki Military Academy, sends an invitation to movie star Lucille Ball to come to Winsocki's big dance. Ball's publicity-hungry agent convinces her to go in order to boost her career. Complications arise when Bud's girlfriend Helen Schlesinger unexpectedly shows up, too. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Honey of a Musical

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Musical | Comedy

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8 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rainha dos Corações  »

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$1,125,502 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 1 October 1941 and had 326 performances. The opening night cast included Nancy Walker, who originated her movie role in the play, and June Allyson, Kenny Bowers, Tommy Dix, Jack Jordan and Stanley Donen, all of whom are also in this film but with different roles; and Rosemary Lane. Gil Stratton was brought out to Hollywood at the same time but appeared in Girl Crazy (1943) instead, although some say he had a small role in this film. A 1963 off-Broadway revival starred Liza Minnelli. See more »

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As Lucille Ball and her agent get off the train at the Winsocki station, there's a small dog sniffing the ground. Seconds later the dog is sitting and barking. See more »

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Wish I May
(1941)
Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Performed by June Allyson, Kenny Bowers, Gloria DeHaven, Jack Jordan (dubbed by Ralph Blane),
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Best Foot Forward - Tommy Dix - Winsocki Kid- 1930-44 and 1955
28 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I liked the movie - especially the reprise of Buckle Down Winsocki - Tommy Dix wonderful baritone for his age.

What ever happened to TOMMY DIX???? from 1955 until now I do not know:

BUT......

in one blurb I read on the web - in mentioned that he was interested in physics. As he would now be 80??? maybe he got into the sciences??? Some of the others from the play seem to have gone to University??

I cant say - between 1944-54 (ten years) - but he is still mentioned as a Broadway Star....

1955: Found him through research on the web from the February 2003 Newsletter by "Birmingham Historical Society" Alabama about their historical Clarke Theatre dedication. 1955 opening production of BEST FOOT FORWARD.Tommy Dix photo sing his song on page 2w/the cast;info page 3; (.PDF file) Denotes that Hugh Martin, Jr, a AL native and composer (see best foot forward crew) helped stage this production - I guess he got Dix to come down for the Play??

1944 - August 25, 1944 - noted as at the Copley's Oval Room - CAMBRIDGE, MASS noted as the Winsocki Kid,-Tommy Dix. To be interviewed on a radio show says the school newspaper 'THE TECH' Page 2 yup!!! MIT archives...... vol 064 S0112 P002 text '1944'

1944 Andy Hardy's 'Blonde Trouble' movie Tommy Dix as 'Mark' --- 1943 'Best Foot Forward' Movie Tommy Dix as 'Elwood'.

1941 Sunday October 8, one week after show opens?? With vocalist Tom Dix, the Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded "Buckle Down Winsocki" on the Columbia label. 'Best Foot Forward' Broadway show at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NY Opening: Oct 1,1941-Jul 4, 1942-Total Performances: 326

11/26/1940 - The Corn is Green -Broadway show - Tommy Dix as Ensemble. Opening: Nov 26,1940 Closing: Jan 17, 1942 Total Performances: 477

11/11/1940 - 'Career of Tommy Dix' Time magazine archives. Here noted as aged 15 in Manhattan - just starting out. Mom sick, widowed two years earlier...gets picked up at the MET and sings baritone.... etc.

4/1/1930 Under a Texas Moon movie premier Tommy Dix as 'Tom' age 6?

Maybe His Dad was an actor - ????

Anyone else know anything else about Mr. Tommy Dix.???


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