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Best Foot Forward (1943)

Passed | | Musical, Comedy | 8 October 1943 (USA)
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Lucille Ball accepts a cadet's invitation to a military academy's senior prom in order to boost her career.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Irving Brecher (screenplay), Fred F. Finklehoffe (screenplay) (as Fred Finklehoffe) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Lucille Ball
William Gaxton ... Jack O'Riley
Virginia Weidler ... Helen Schlesinger
Tommy Dix ... Bud Hooper
Nancy Walker ... Nancy - Blind Date
June Allyson ... Ethel
Kenny Bowers ... Dutch Miller
Gloria DeHaven ... Minerva
Jack Jordan Jack Jordan ... Hunk
Beverly Tyler ... Miss Delaware Water Gap, Vocalist
Chill Wills ... Chester Short
Henry O'Neill ... Maj. Reeber
Sara Haden ... Miss Talbert
Donald MacBride ... Capt. Bradd
Bob Stebbins Bob Stebbins ... Greenie (as Bobby Stebbins)
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Storyline

Bud Hooper, a cadet at Winsocki Military Academy, sends an invitation to movie star Lucille Ball to come to Winsocki's big dance. Ball's publicity-hungry agent convinces her to go in order to boost her career. Complications arise when Bud's girlfriend Helen Schlesinger unexpectedly shows up, too. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Honey of a Musical

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rainha dos Corações See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,162,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a hit at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $398,000 ($5.9M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

The US in Major Reeber's lapel insignia is mis-aligned. (The other officer's uniforms are correct). See more »

Quotes

Lucille Ball: [as she steps off the train at Winsocki, encounteirng nobody but a barking dog] My public!
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release of the movie includes a 4 minute Overture and a 2 minute Exit Music. See more »

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Featured in Private Screenings: Stanley Donen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Lucky
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Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Sung by Lucille Ball (dubbed by Gloria Grafton)
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30 July 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed viewing this old timer from 1943 and seeing Lucille Ball acting as herself and getting plenty of laughs. In this film, Lucille's career is sort of fading and her agent thinks it is a good idea for her to get some press coverage by becoming a date for a Senior Prom at Winsocki Military Academy. The lucky guy is Bud Hooper, who at the same time has a girl friend who wants to go with him to the prom also. June Allyson, (Ethel) does some fancy dance steps and sings a few tunes, which sort of launched her career in films. There is some great entertainment from Harry James and his orchestra, he plays a great version of "Flight of the Bumble Bee" and also does a funny dance routine with Nancy Walker, who really was the great comic in the film and got most of the laughs. This is definitely a look back in the past, with plenty of 1943 entertainment. Enjoy


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