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Best Foot Forward (1943)

Passed  -  Musical | Comedy  -  8 October 1943 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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


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 <>

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Musical | Comedy


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Release Date:

8 October 1943 (USA)  »

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Best Foot Forward  »

Box Office


$1,125,502 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lana Turner was going to star in this movie but once she discovered she was pregnant Lucille Ball was given her role. See more »


June Allyson is credited onscreen as Minerva and Gloria DeHaven as Ethel. However, Allyson is called Ethel and DeHaven is called Minerva and 'Min' in the film. See more »


Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »


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Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (as N. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Arranged by Jack Matthias
Performed by Harry James and His Music Makers at the prom
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Delightful farce, full of laughs!
31 July 2005 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Based upon the 1941 Broadway musical, I found this to be a fun,charming, and well written screenplay that entertains from beginning to end. Although not her best film, Lucille Ball is more than adequate playing herself in this early teen romp. June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, Virginia Weidler, Beverly Tyler, and Sara Haden are great as the quirky,loud-mouthed, obnoxious teenagers hell-bent on ruining Lucy's night at the prom. But, this film is completely and utterly stolen by Nancy Walker as the way-over-the-top "Blind Date" girl. She is hilarious, and talented in this, her 1943 film debut. Her comedic genius is in full view in this film for which she should have received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress, but did not. Tommy Dix does a fine job as the star cadet the screenplay revolves around, and Harry James' music is more-than-worth watching the movie. When combined together, the above make this film a worthwhile watch; your belly will hurt from the hearty laughs you will emit!

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