Best Foot Forward (1943)





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Five original cast members of the hit Broadway musical Best Foot Forward appear in this Technicolor MGM screen adaptation. Set at a small town military prep school, the story gets under way when movie star Lucille Ball (played by movie star Lucille Ball) pays a visit to the campus for publicity purposes. Several of the students, led by Bud (Tommy Dix), offer to make Lucille the queen of the upcoming prom. But the plot dictates that Bud and his pals are forced to back off from their offer, and to hide Lucille's presence from the faculty. Cast as a hoydenish blind date, Nancy Walker steals the show with her spirited rendition of "Buckle Down, Winsocki"; but of the five carryovers from the original Broadway production, only June Allyson went on to lasting film stardom. Enhancing the film's box-office appeal was MGM's decision to add Harry James and His Music Makers to the cast: James' performance of "The Two O'Clock Jump" is worth the admission price in itself.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Tommy Dix
as Bud Hooper
Lucille Ball
as Lucille Ball
William Gaxton
as Jack O'Riley
Virginia Weidler
as Helen Schlessenger
Beverly Tyler
as Miss Delaware Water Gap
Chill Wills
as Chester Short
Henry O'Neill
as Major Reeber
Sara Haden
as Miss Talbert
Donald MacBride
as Capt. Bradd
Bobby Stebbins
as Greenie
Darwood Kaye
as Killer
Morris Ankrum
as Col. Harkrider
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Dalyrimple
Robert E. O'Connor
as Railroad Conductor
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Railroad Conductor
Harry James
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Best Foot Forward

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Most of the musical numbers were inconsequential.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Best Foot Forward

MGM's Technicolor adaptation of the Broadway musical is fast-moving fun; highlights include June Allyson, Nancy Walker and Gloria DeHaven (in their film debuts) singing "The Three B's"; Walker dancing with bandleader Harry James to "Alive & Kicking"; and the finale, "Buckle Up Winsocki."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Lucy plays herself in this one, as a waning Star Lucille Ball, who as a publicity stunt, agrees to be a Prom Date at a Prep School for West Point Hopefuls.The plan doesn't quite work as planned when his Girlfiend shows up too, & Lucy is kept hidden & out of the spotlight, until the Jealous Girlfriend & others attack her & rip her Dress Off. This results in unwanted publicity for the School, & they expel the Boy(Tommy Dix).June Allyson debuts here in a minor role as Ethel.There is lots of Singing, Dancing, & Lucy Like Shenanigans, & Lucy as herself, Lucille Ball, but for some reason, this one just didn't work for me much.It had all the right ingredients, but this recipe still fell flat for me.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

It was an enjoyable was pretty funny - especially Bud's musical number at the end!

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