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Best Foot Forward (1943)

Passed | | Musical, Comedy | 8 October 1943 (USA)
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Lucille Ball accepts a cadet's invitation to a military academy's senior prom in order to boost her career.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Irving Brecher (screenplay), Fred F. Finklehoffe (screenplay) (as Fred Finklehoffe) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Lucille Ball
William Gaxton ... Jack O'Riley
Virginia Weidler ... Helen Schlesinger
Tommy Dix ... Bud Hooper
Nancy Walker ... Nancy - Blind Date
June Allyson ... Ethel
Kenny Bowers Kenny Bowers ... Dutch Miller
Gloria DeHaven ... Minerva
Jack Jordan Jack Jordan ... Hunk
Beverly Tyler ... Miss Delaware Water Gap, Vocalist
Chill Wills ... Chester Short
Henry O'Neill ... Maj. Reeber
Sara Haden ... Miss Talbert
Donald MacBride ... Capt. Bradd
Bob Stebbins 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

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rainha dos Corações See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,162,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a hit at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $398,000 ($5.9M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Lucy's "hotel room" is a very strange hotel room in that it has a piano, a fireplace and several empty floor-to-ceiling bookcases and no bed. See more »

Quotes

Lucille Ball: Did anyone ever tell you you are charming and handsome?
Dutch Miller: No.
Lucille Ball: Then what ever gave you the idea?
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Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Flight of the Bumblebee
(1900)
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Arranged by Jack Matthias
Performed by Harry James and His Orchestra at the prom
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Nancy Walker's film debut...she steals the spotlight from Ball...
19 September 2006 | by Neil DoyleSee 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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