Good News (1947)





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This second film version of the DeSylva/Brown/Henderson Broadway musical Good News may not be the best of the Arthur Freed-produced MGM musicals, but it's certainly one of the peppiest. The film is set at Tait college during the Roaring 20s. The wisp of a plot involves Tait football-star Peter Lawford, who will be ineligible to play in the Big Game if his grades don't improve. June Allyson is the demure Tait coed who takes on the task of tutoring Lawford, while campus vamp Patricia Marshall takes action when she believes (rightly so) that she is losing Lawford to Allyson. The film is deftly stolen by comic relief Joan McCracken, who stops the show with her energetic rendition of "Pass That Peace Pipe"--which, like the famous Lawford/Allyson duet "The French Lesson," was specially written for this 1948 version of Good News. Retained from the original score is the rousing "Varsity Drag." Mel Torme, Tom Dugan and Donald McBride are among the familiar supporting-cast faces in this bubbly Technicolor musical, which was adapted for the screen by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Peter Lawford
as Tommy Marlowe
June Allyson
as Connie Lane
Patricia Marshall
as Patricia McClellan
Joan McCracken
as Babe Doolittle
Ray McDonald
as Bobby Turner
Mel Tormé
as Danny
Donald MacBride
as Coach Johnson
Tom Dugan
as Pooch
Clinton Sundberg
as Prof. Burton Kennyone
Robert E. Strickland
as Peter Van Dyne III
Morris Ankrum
as Dean Griswold
Jane Green
as Mrs. Drexel
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Bouncy MGM college-themed musical sparkles with June Allyson.

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March 5, 2005
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MGM's warm, happy homage to the college musical genre, with June Allyson and Peter Lawford singing and dancing to hit songs from the Broadway show ("The Best Things In Life Are Free," "Just Imagine," "The Varsity Drag") as well as a new Comden-Green number,"The French Lesson." Best of all is Broadway actress Joan McCracken, whose comedy and dancing are used to good advantage, particularly in the Oscar-nominated "Pass That Peace Pipe." Mel Torme has a supporting role.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

A high spirited musical that shines a light on college football's impact on college in the 1920's. Peter Lawford and June Allyson dazzle, as does the entire cast (especially in the dance numbers). Rarely do I enjoy musicals, but when it involves a member of the Rat Pack, it's got to be good.

Joe Gieringer
Joe Gieringer

Sprightly, colorful and high spirited. Peter Lawford can't carry a tune to save his life but gives a game try, June is full of zest, Joan McCraken a marvel and Connie Gilchrist has an amusing small part. The dance numbers are fantastic.

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