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Best Foot Forward

This filmusical version of George Abbott's [1941] stage production retains all of the youthful enthusiasm and spontaneity of the original, with addition of Harry James and his orchestra for generous supply of his trumpeteering and jump music.

Cast:
Lucille Ball Tommy Dix Nancy Walker June Allyson Gloria de Haven Chill Wills

This filmusical version of George Abbott’s [1941] stage production retains all of the youthful enthusiasm and spontaneity of the original, with addition of Harry James and his orchestra for generous supply of his trumpeteering and jump music.

Although picture is aimed directly at the younger generation, there’s sufficient diversion and lightness to provide strong appeal for the adults. Following the lines established by Abbott with the stage presentation, Metro displays a number of new faces and teenage talent including five – Tommy Dix, Nancy Walker, June Allyson, Kenny Bowers and Jack Jordan – from the original stage cast.

Scholastic zest and pep, and the musical interludes, successfully carry the extremely fragile story premise. Annual prom and commencement ceremonies of the military prep school provides excuse for Hollywood film star to make an appearance to further her publicity efforts, and to accept wildly-made promise of stude to make her queen of the dance.

Best Foot Forward

Production: M-G-M. Director Edward Buzzell; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Irving Brecher, Fred F. Finklehoffe; Camera Leonard Smith; Editor Blanche Sewell; Music Lenny Hayton (dir.)

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Lucille Ball Tommy Dix Nancy Walker June Allyson Gloria de Haven Chill Wills

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