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Best Foot Forward (1943)

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

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Cast

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William Gaxton ...
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Tommy Dix ...
Bud Hooper
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Nancy - Blind Date
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Ethel
Kenny Bowers ...
Dutch Miller
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Minerva
Jack Jordan ...
Hunk
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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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Release Date:

8 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rainha dos Corações  »

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Budget:

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

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First president of Disneyland, Jack Lindquist, sang a line in the opening number, "Wish I May, Wish I Might" and danced as a cadet in several other scenes. See more »

Goofs

The US in Major Reeber's lapel insignia is mis-aligned. (The other officer's uniforms are correct). See more »

Quotes

Lucille Ball: [as she steps off the train at Winsocki, encounteirng nobody but a barking dog] My public!
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Connections

Referenced in This Theatre and You (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Buckle Down, Winsocki
(1941)
Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Performed by the MGM Studio Orchestra and chorus during the opening credits
Reprised at the prom
Reprised at the graduation in the finale, and performed by Tommy Dix and chorus
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Whatever Happened to Best Foot Forward's Tommy Dix?
5 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really did enjoy seeing 1943's Best Foot Forward (BFF) again , after more than 50 years. I note that a couple of other reviewers have commented that they most enjoyed the film, as did I, for the song Buckle Down, Winsocki, as sung by Tommy Dix, and wondered what ever became of "military cadet" Tommy Dix, real life and career-wise. Young Tom would be about 82 years old now. As I recall, Tommy Dix was also in the original Broadway stage production of BFF in 1941. As far as I can find, there is absolutely not one shred or hint of bio or other life/career information re Tommy Dix on the internet, except that he was born in 1924 and appeared in very minor roles in two other movies in the early 1940's. Finito!

INDEED, what ever DID happen to our cadet, Tommy Dix? Does anybody out there know? Anyway, I hope he graduated with full honors from life's academy and had a grand and rewarding career, whatever and wherever it may have been, in or out of the movies.


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