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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 overview, first billed only:
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Bud Hooper
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Nancy - Blind Date
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Ethel
Kenny Bowers ...
Dutch Miller
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Minerva
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Hunk
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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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$1,125,502 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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I miss movies like this.
5 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this first came out in the theater and I saw it then, there was a military academy in the town where I lived. And I was just going into high school. I thought this movie was the greatest thing I had ever seen, maybe the greatest movie ever made. I felt like it had been made especially for me, my friends and our local cadets. And the song, Buckle Down Winsocki was absolutely the best fight song in the world. I realize now that the movie probably wasn't that good, it was trite and predictable, as well as being juvenile. It still thrills me, and the memories that I have of that time all come back when I watch this movie again. I'm not capable of seeing it from any other point of view, so I am going to give this a 10, just for old times' sake.


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