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Best Foot Forward (1943)

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

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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
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Maj. Reeber
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Miss Talbert
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

8 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rainha dos Corações  »

Box Office

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

In a 1989 interview with Skip E. Lowe, Gloria DeHaven says that Robert Wagner was in "Best Foot Forward" as an uncredited cadet. He was attending Black-Foxe Military Institute at the time. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) 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 Orchestra
Arranged by Jack Matthias
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The movie kinda grows on you.
3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I usually don't like movies wherein stars "play themselves" but cable TV plays this movie so often I've seen it like a million times and each time I catch something different. The story is somewhat contrived and, true-to-form, movie star (as opposed to TV star) Lucille has a hard time getting rid of her somewhat brassy edge. She herself has commented that this trait held her back in films. Toward the end, however, she does soften up, especially in the hilarious Marx Brothersesque scene in the dormitory when everybody has to hide in closets to keep from getting busted by the general. I can envision this picture playing during the war as the second feature. It's one of those movies that, in the days when you could stay at the movies all day, you wouldn't mind coming in in the middle of it and then staying later to catch just the beginning. Harry James is a surprisingly good dancer and his scene with little Nancy Walker is good. All-in-all a good movie to watch on a rainy day or when you're home sick with the flu.


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