Best Foot Forward 1943 NR CC

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Comedy puts its Best Foot Forward in this snappy frolic based on the Broadway smash.

Starring:
Lucille Ball, William Gaxton
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Best Foot Forward

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Genres Musical, Comedy
Director Edward Buzzell
Starring Lucille Ball, William Gaxton
Supporting actors Virginia Weidler, Tommy Dix, Nancy Walker, June Allyson, Kenny Bowers, Gloria DeHaven, Jack Jordan, Beverly Tyler, Chill Wills, Henry O'Neill, Sara Haden, Donald MacBride, Bob Stebbins, Darwood Kaye, Morris Ankrum, Nana Bryant, Harry James and His Music Makers, Harry James
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Great movie to lay around and watch on a lazy day.
JAM
This is another one of her movies that I can say is a must see if you love or even just like Lucille Ball.
Lorrie Lindgren
This is a great musical and comedy starring Lucille Ball, but the songs in this movie are very good.
Patti Labelle

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael Puckett on April 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If you like college musicals, you'll love this fast paced MGM piece of fluff. The story is simple, a military college cadet wins a date with Hollywood actress Lucille Ball (In one of many performances where she plays herself) This ill conceived publicity stunt designed to re-start her faltering career, turns into a hilarious disaster when the cadet's girlfriend shows-up the night of the big date. You can imagine the fun that ensues with Lucy hiding out in the cadet's dorm room closet which continues to get more crowed by the minute. The musical numbers are all classic, like Harry James' swing version of "Flight of the Bumble Bee," and the rollicking "Barrelhouse, Boogie, and The Blues," beautifully performed by Nancy Walker, June Allison, and Gloria DeHaven. This was their MGM debut film and they all went on to stardom.
This is one of MGM's better musicals from the forties, it is full of great music, lively dancing and just plain fun and let's face it Lucille Ball is absolutely georgous.
I highly recommend this film!
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Best Foot Forward was a successful 1941 Broadway musical and, like Too Many Girls, was bought and adapted to be a vehicle for Lucille Ball. Like Too Many Girls, it's a simple-minded school romp where the innocence of the students and administrators makes today's educational establishments look like Sodom and Gomorra. We're at Winsocki Military Academy and the big prom is almost here. Cadet Bud Hooper (Tommy Dix) had written a fan letter to Hollywood star Lucille Ball asking if she'd be his date. He wasn't expecting she'd agree, but then he didn't know her press agent, Jack O'Reilly (William Gaxton). Seems Lucille's last couple of pictures hadn't done too well so he convinces her it would be great publicity for her to go to the prom. Bud is floored. His two roommates, Dutch (Kenny Bowers) and "Hunk" (Jack Jordan), immediately start making plans to meet her. And then Bud remembers his girl friend, Helen. Well, he tells Helen he's got the grippe, but after Lucille (and all the other cadets' dates) shows up, so does Helen...to keep him company because he's sick. The dance is about to start, Lucille is waiting for Bud...and Bud finds out Helen is on campus looking for him. Now we're in a whirl of misunderstandings, miscues, schemes and subterfuges, all powered by Hugh Martin's and Ralph Blane's songs, by Harry James and His Music Makers swinging at the prom, by broad performances from the cadets and their dates and by relentless enthusiasm and good cheer.

Among the standouts in the movie is Lucille Ball playing herself. Not only is she gorgeous, she handles the comedy with aplomb, which includes making some gentle but sharp fun of herself as a movie star. William Gaxton as her agent is amusing, conniving and does no lasting damage to anyone.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2004
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Lucille Ball, Tommy Dix, Virginia Weidler, June Allyson, and Nancy Walker star in this hilarious and refreshing story of a military school student who invites a famous movie actress to the prom.
Bud Hooper didn't know that his letter would ever be answered...but when Lucille Ball writes back to say she'd be delighted to attend his school's senior prom, he's in shock. He frantically wires his girlfriend, Helen, not to come because he is sick. Guilty and depresed, Bud wishes he'd never thought up this crazy scheme. His two roommates are enthusiastic, however, and convince him that Helen will never know.
Meanwhile, Lucille Ball isn't any happier. Jack, her publicity agent, wants to get her on the front page and thinks this is the way to do it. Lucille is skeptical, especially when she hears that she must hide her identity and go to the prom as Helen, because that was the name Bud turned into the faculty two weeks before.
Trouble escalates when Helen shows up just before the prom, having intended to keep her poor bedridden boyfriend company. Then it's just one laugh after another as Lucille Ball's dress is torn off in a frenzy of "souvenir collecting" started by the fuming Helen. Lucy is then forced to hide in a stuffy closet, while Bud and his friends try to plan an escape.
This is a true gem of a movie, with great songs and hysterically funny lines. My favorite line was probably one spoken by the hopelessly ugly blind date (Nancy Walker): "You can't insult me and get away with it. In fact, you can't insult me."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I Love Movies on December 30, 2006
Format: DVD
For those of you who like to know the quality of the DVD transfer, this one is Superb. Picture is clear, not grainy, and is of the highest quality I've seen for a classic film transferred to DVD. This refers to the Amazon Exclusive DVD released in Dec 2006.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on August 20, 2006
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Best Foot Forward came to Hollywood on the success of the stage show. It brought much of the original cast to the MGM lot, many to make careers there. This film fits well in movie format even though some scenes belie it's origins.

The story happens in a small town at a military academy. Bud (Tommy Dix) is a senior and a fan of Lucille Ball. He invites her to his prom never imagining that she'd accept his invitation. When she does so for the publicity, he has to dump his girlfriend Helen (Virginia Weidler) in order to take Lucille. However, Helen gets wise to his antics and contemplates crashing the prom to get back her boyfriend.

As a musical based on a stage show, there are many other notable characters. Nancy Walker plays a frumpy blind date with plenty of personality but very few beaus. June Allyson makes her first film appearance as a singer who loves frantic dancing. Gloria deHaven is right alongside her as a singer who loves the blues.

The music is very good; none of the numbers are dull. None of the music is so catchy that you'll find yourself singing it later, but it certainly spices up the film.
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