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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM bought the rights to the musical from Columbia Pictures for $150,000. Columbia studio head Harry Cohn hoped to star Rita Hayworth and Shirley Temple in the roles eventually played by Lucille Ball and Virginia Weidler. See more »

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

Soundtracks

The Three B's
(1941)
Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Performed at the prom by June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, Nancy Walker and the MGM Studio Chorus with Harry James and His Music Makers
Arranged by Jack Matthias
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Nancy Walker's film debut...she steals the spotlight from Ball...
19 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Here's a movie I adored when I was a kid, thrilled by "Buckle Down Winsocki", the spirited song sung at a military academy by a bunch of singing, dancing and marching cadets. But seeing the film now, is a real letdown. It's below par in every department.

At second glance, it's really a minor musical with HARRY JAMES and his Orchestra and a little gal named NANCY WALKER (making her film debut) as the chief compensations for a script full of lame, dated one-liners and some trifling songs with bad choreography.

Even the great LUCILLE BALL, as the movie star invited to the prom, has a hard time getting any laughs. She's supposed to be a faded star whose press agent talks her into accepting an invitation from TOMMY DIX, who overlooks his girlfriend VIRGINIA WIEDLER because of his crush on Lucy.

Lucy looks great and the Technicolor makes her a glamorous creature, but the script defeats everyone. It's nice seeing JUNE ALLYSON, GLORIA de HAVEN and NANCY WALKER having fun with a couple of tunes but while the picture at least got their careers off to a good start, it's no great shakes as a musical--especially one from MGM which specialized in the very best of that ilk.

NANCY WALKER struts her stuff as "Blind Date" material--although some of the humor at her expense is a little cruel. But she's a reminder that real talent can even overcome some witless material. And I have to ask the question so many others have: whatever happened to Tommy Dix???


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