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About Face (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 November 1952 (UK)
Three friends enter military school together, but 2 of them don't know that the 3rd one is secretly married.

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Biff Roberts
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Dave Crouse
Virginia Gibson ...
Betty Long
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Alice Wheatley
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Lorna Carter
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Bender
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Col. Long
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Lt. Jones
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Hal Carlton
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Biff Roberts, Tony Williams and Dave Crouse are upper classmen at Southern Military Institute (fictional school based on real school---Virginia Military Instute---in original play and film), and just three months away from graduating as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. Williams and Crose have girl problems while Roberts, the star pitcher on the school's baseball team, has a different sort of problem, as he is secretly married and his co-ed wife is expecting a child. The other two also have the problem of keeping Roberts in school long enough to graduate and, more importantly, pitch in the BIG GAME of the year, all wrapped around seven musical numbers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Film debut of Joel Grey. See more »

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Version of Brother Rat (1938) See more »

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If Someone Had Told Me
Music by Peter De Rose
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
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Lightweight WB Musical
3 January 2016 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"About Face" is not really a bad movie - it's just not as good as it could be. It is a remake of a movie made in the 30's called "Brother Rat", which was based on a Broadway play. "Brother Rat" is a better movie than 'About Face" as it had a better cast and a more subtle approach to the comedy angle; "About Face" is somewhat heavy-handed in this regard.

In my opinion, what really sinks "About Face" is the forgettable musical score. For some reason it was decided to remake it as a musical, but the songs are very ordinary. The songs are trifling and unmemorable, except for Joel Grey's number. And a reviewer above is right about the closing tap dancing number. It was a show-stopper, but the show was over.

I saw "About Face" when it first came out. I was 11 and I loved it, and saw it several times. Funny how time and age can provide a different perspective. It is harmless fare and entertaining to a point, but sometimes a substantial time lapse can lead to disappointment.


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