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Good News (1947)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Patricia Marshall ...
Pat McClellan
Joan McCracken ...
Babe Doolittle
Ray McDonald ...
Bobby Turner
Danny (as Mel Torme)
Robert E. Strickland ...
Peter Van Dyne III (as Robert Strickland)
Donald MacBride ...
Coach Johnson
Tom Dugan ...
Clinton Sundberg ...
Professor Burton Kennyon
Loren Tindall ...
Connie Gilchrist ...
Cora the cook
Morris Ankrum ...
Dean Griswold
Georgia Lee Settle ...
Flo (as Georgia Lee)
Jane Green ...
Mrs. Drexel


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 <>

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26 December 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Leve kärleken  »

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$1,662,718 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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At the end of "The French Lesson" number, there is a cut to a new angle as June Allyson and Peter Lawford are laughing. Their laugh starts over after the cut, without the previous laugh dying down. See more »


Connie Lane: [as Pat McClellan is admiring herself in the mirror] Gee, I wish someone loved me like you love you!
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The Best Things in Life Are Free
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by June Allyson in American and Peter Lawford in French
Reprised by Mel Tormé
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Rah! Rah! Rah! This Collegiate Musical Just Ain't The Bee's Knees
5 July 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The good news about "Good News" is that there really isn't any good news. (Ha! Just kidding there, folks!)

Actually, the good news about "Good News" is that this Technicolor Musical/Comedy from 1947 does, surprisingly enough, feature 3 outstanding and really swinging musical numbers, which are - Pass The Peace Pipe, Varsity Rag and the film's opening sequence.

But, on the other hand, the bad news about "Good News" is that, no, these 3 high-energy musical numbers do not in any way, shape, or form, come anywhere near to compensating the viewer for having to endure the drab and clichéd triteness of the rest of the film.

This picture's predictable, little story concerns the activities of a bunch of super-preppy rich kids in the late 1920s who are attending Tait University.

When these "golly-gee" brats aren't singing up a storm (sometimes quite out of tune), they spend most of their time either partying and/or gossiping about who's dating who.

These spoiled-rotten, whipper-snappers seem to have very little concern about their studies, their grades, or their finances. (Well, what the heck could you expect from this bunch, anyways?)

To be totally honest here, I thought that "Good News" (for the most part) really sucked. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. (But, hey, to each his own, is what I always say)

One of this film's biggest let-downs was that its 2 big-name stars, Peter Lawford and June Allyson, couldn't carry a tune even if their lives depended on it. They really couldn't. (I really couldn't say much in favor of their dancing, or acting, either)

And, that, my friends, is the good news, as well as the bad news, about "Good News".

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