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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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Nancy - Blind Date
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Jack Jordan ...
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Miss Delaware Water Gap, Vocalist
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Miss Talbert
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Greenie (as Bobby Stebbins)
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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 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

June Allyson had a deleted number entitled "What Do You Think I Am?" (music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane), which was later re-used in Broadway Rhythm (1944). "Shady Lady Bird" (written by Martin and Blane), sung by Helen Forrest with Harry James and His Music Makers, was also cut from the release print. In shots of the James band at the dance, Miss Forrest can be spotted on the bandstand. A third Martin-Blane number, "I Know You by Heart," was played by the Harry James orchestra during the dance, but a vocal version by Tommy Dix didn't make the release print. All four of the tracks mentioned above are featured on the 2004 soundtrack CD from Rhino Handmade. See more »

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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 »

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Jack O'Riley: You are mighty long for a fellow named short.
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Referenced in This Theatre and You (1948) See more »

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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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Nancy Walker's film debut...she steals the spotlight from Ball...
19 September 2006 | by 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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