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At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat ... See full summary »

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Pat McClellan
Joan McCracken ...
Babe Doolittle
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Bobby Turner
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Robert E. Strickland ...
Peter Van Dyne III (as Robert Strickland)
Donald MacBride ...
Coach Johnson
Tom Dugan ...
Pooch
Clinton Sundberg ...
Professor Burton Kennyon
Loren Tindall ...
Beef
Connie Gilchrist ...
Cora the cook
Morris Ankrum ...
Dean Griswold
Georgia Lee Settle ...
Flo (as Georgia Lee)
Jane Green ...
Mrs. Drexel
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At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat McClellan. Tommy's grades start to slip, which keeps him from playing in the big game. Connie eventually finds out Tommy really loves her and devises a plan to win him back and to get him back on the field. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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26 December 1947 (USA)  »

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$1,662,718 (estimated)
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In the "Pass That Peace Pipe" dance number, the arrangement and number of sodas on the counter changes between shots. See more »

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[after getting out of a car with college boys piled upon her as she hides]
Babe Doolittle: Gee, the old place hasn't changed much. I wonder if McKinley's still president?
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Good News
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Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by Joan McCracken and chorus
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Lightweight and, at best, watchable.
4 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Despite winning an Oscar for one of its songs, "Good News" appears to be a strictly second-tier sort of musical with little to distinguish it. The plot is paper-thin, the singing a bit suspect and the film very light and forgettable.

The film is set at Tait College in 1927 (though, oddly, the women's hair and many of the dresses are strictly 1940s). The plot hinges on whether the school's star quarterback (Peter Lawford) will pursue a snobbish new student (Patricia Marshall) or recognize how wonderful the assistant librarian (June Allyson) is. The plot doesn't get any deeper than that!

Like all musicals, the film is chock full of singing as well as dance numbers. However, I was amazed at the mediocrity (at best) of most of the singing. Apart from Mel Tormé (who had a great voice), the singers are either adequate (such as Allyson) or pretty awful (Lawford--who NEVER should have been allowed to sing in a musical). The songs, while bouncy, are pretty much fluff--which works perfectly with the plot, which is also pure fluff. Overall, the film isn't unpleasant but it also isn't very good or memorable. Strictly a second-tier sort of film from MGM.

By the way, I thought it awfully funny that when Allyson was supposedly teaching Lawford French, she would say words in French and invariably, Lawford's pronunciation (of words he'd never supposedly heard before) was as good or better!


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