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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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William Gaxton ...
Jack O'Riley
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Helen Schlesinger
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

Film debuts of Nancy Walker and June Allyson. 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Three Men on a Date
(1941)
Music and Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Tommy Dix, Jack Jordan (dubbed by Ralph Blane) and Kenny Bowers
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30 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed viewing this old timer from 1943 and seeing Lucille Ball acting as herself and getting plenty of laughs. In this film, Lucille's career is sort of fading and her agent thinks it is a good idea for her to get some press coverage by becoming a date for a Senior Prom at Winsocki Military Academy. The lucky guy is Bud Hooper, who at the same time has a girl friend who wants to go with him to the prom also. June Allyson, (Ethel) does some fancy dance steps and sings a few tunes, which sort of launched her career in films. There is some great entertainment from Harry James and his orchestra, he plays a great version of "Flight of the Bumble Bee" and also does a funny dance routine with Nancy Walker, who really was the great comic in the film and got most of the laughs. This is definitely a look back in the past, with plenty of 1943 entertainment. Enjoy


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