Golden Globe-winner June Allyson and Peter Lawford star in this enjoyable musical about a football hero who falls in love with his French tutor.

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Charles Walters

Writers:

Lew Brown (play), Laurence Schwab (play) (as Lawrence Schwab) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
June Allyson ... Connie Lane
Peter Lawford ... Tommy Marlowe
Patricia Marshall Patricia Marshall ... Pat McClellan
Joan McCracken ... Babe Doolittle
Ray McDonald ... Bobby Turner
Mel Tormé ... Danny (as Mel Torme)
Robert E. Strickland 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 Georgia Lee ... Flo
Jane Green Jane Green ... Mrs. Drexel
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Storyline

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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Peter Lawford replaced both Van Johnson and Mickey Rooney (who was also originally slated to star in an ultimately abandoned 1940 film version) in the role of Tommy Marlowe. See more »

Goofs

In the "Pass That Peace Pipe" dance number, the arrangement and number of sodas on the counter changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Pooch: Don't say it! You can think it but don't say it out loud! The evil spirits don't like it.
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Soundtracks

Pass That Peace Pipe
(uncredited)
Written by Roger Edens, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Performed by Joan McCracken, Ray McDonald and chorus
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Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!
23 October 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

Aside from Peter Lawford and June Allyson, no great stars came out of this classic movie. Yes, I know Mel Tormé was in it but he made his fame playing the drums and not in films. But, this film made a tremendous impression on me when I saw it as a 10 year old kid. Not to mention the fact that my aunt (was a teenager at the time) had an old 78 with "Pass that peace pipe..." When I came across the video, I had to watch the peace pipe number about 15 times before I could get enough of it. This is not a perfect, slick film by any means and as full of flaws as a jock's composition paper for English 1A: the hair and clothing styles are late 40s and not the late 20s as the story is set; the characters are often thin and underdeveloped; Mel Tormé's acting is awful but, the show is still great. One of the things that makes it great is Joan McCracken who, tragically, never got her career off the ground, as it were. Her timing, her delivery and solid singing and dancing cover any shortages one would find with any of the rest. OK, so Lawford wasn't a great singer but the French lesson works. June Allyson was no Catherine Grayson but her rendition of "The Best Things in Life are Free" is classic. This is just a great show. I waited for nearly 50 years to see it again and when I finally got the chance, I did watch that great dance sequence of "Bury that hatchet and pass that peace pipe, like the Chocktaw, Chipawah, Chatanoogah, etc."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 December 1947 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,662,718 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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