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Good News (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 23 August 1930 (USA)

Director:

Nick Grinde (as Nick Grindé)

Writers:

Laurence Schwab (based on a musical comedy by) (as Lawrence Schwab), Lew Brown (based on a musical comedy by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Lawlor ... Connie
Stanley Smith ... Tom
Bessie Love ... Babe
Cliff Edwards ... Kearney
Gus Shy Gus Shy ... Bobbie
Lola Lane ... Pat
Thomas E. Jackson ... Coach (as Thomas Jackson)
Delmer Daves ... Beef
Billy Taft Billy Taft ... Freshman
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Prof. Kenyon (as Frank McGlynn)
Penny Singleton ... Flo (as Dorothy McNulty)
Helyn Virgil Helyn Virgil ... Girl
Vera Marshe ... Girl (as Vera Marsh)
Abe Lyman ... Abe Lyman
Abe Lyman Orchestra ... Abe Lyman Orchestra (as Abe Lyman and His Band)
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Taglines:

Here's the Happiest, Snappiest Treat of Your Picture-Going Days! (Print Ad- Gazette and Bulletin, ((Williamsport, Penna.)) 5 November 1930) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hip Hip Happy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Multicolor) (finale)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The last 443 feet (about 4 minutes, 56 seconds), which is the big musical finale, was filmed in Multicolor, is missing from surviving prints and is apparently lost. See more »

Quotes

Beef: I'll knock you so flat, they could play you on a Victrola.
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Featured in Broadway: The American Musical (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

If You're Not Kissing Me
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung in the background by a chorus
Sung by Stanley Smith and Mary Lawlor
Reprised a cappella by Stanley Smith
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A lively early musical with some fascinating performances from Penny Singleton and Gus Shy.
28 January 2001 | by Art-22See all my reviews

Watching Penny Singleton in this movie was a revelation, and for those who think of her only as the staid title character of the "Blondie" series should catch this movie if only to see her. She's billed 11th (as Dorothy McNulty) but is the centerpiece of two of the big production numbers involving singing and dancing: "The Varsity Drag" and the title song "Good News." Her immense talent is evident as she does her high kicks, somersaults, cartwheels and splits and delivers the rapid-fire lyrics with uninhibited abandon. She was an absolute joy to behold! In addition, Gus Shy, the Danny Thomas look- talk- and act-alike, provides some good comedy that is complemented by that of Bessie Love and Cliff Edwards, while Lola Lane, Mary Lawlor and Stanley Smith provide the love interest. With 11 or so songs, including the ever-popular "The Best Things in Life Are Free," this movie is definitely worth seeing and compares favorably with the 1947 remake. My one complaint was the lack of closeups, although there was a good full-head closeup of Singleton singing "The Varsity Drag." It was very effective.

Before the movie was shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel, some titles informed us that the last half of the final reel was filmed in an experimental color process and is now lost. But the ever-resourceful station put together some stills at the end with subtitles to describe the outcome. The movie ran 84 minutes instead of the original 90 minutes.


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