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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.

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Cast

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
Morris Ankrum
as Col. Harkrider
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Dalyrimple
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Railroad Conductor
Robert E. O'Connor
as Railroad Conductor
Harry James
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Best Foot Forward

All Critics (2)

Most of the musical numbers were inconsequential.

January 29, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Best Foot Forward

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

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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Lucy is chic and funny, Nancy Walker is brassy and June Allyson, in her film debut, radiates charisma and youthful exuberance. Some of the musical numbers are corny but most are very enjoyable and well done.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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