Sign In. Best Foot Forward Hide Spoilers. Enjoyed viewing this old timer from 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 entertainment. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Terrell-4 18 February 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. 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. 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 show up , so does Helen The dance is about to start, Lucille is waiting for Bud 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 are 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. The two of them bring polished comic performances to the movie.
June Allyson and Nancy Walker recreate their stage roles and do fine jobs. That's the Three Bs as in barrelhouse, boogie and the blues. The script is amusing and corny. How could all those people get under just two blankets? Somewhere in the crowd is an unbilled Stanley Donen. Kenny Bowers can be funny but the director should have had him tone down the mugging. Tommy Dix comes up to Lucille Ball's shoulders, has a baby face and a kind of eerie young-Mickey-Rooney sincerity.
He also has a big, polished baritone voice. Dix handles his part well and, at the conclusion, power-sings the big production number, "Buckle Down Winsocki," while all the cadets and their dates march around the field during graduation. You'll enjoy the movie best if you just sit back and not be too critical. This was Hugh Martin's and Ralph Blane's first score. Except for "Winsocki," none of the songs became well-known. Still, they have style and spirit. On the strength of this score, Martin and Blane were offered the assignment of writing the songs for Meet Me in St.
Louis, and that put them on the map. When this first came out in the theater and I saw it then, there was a military academy in the town where I lived.
And I was just going into high school. I thought this movie was the greatest thing I had ever seen, maybe the greatest movie ever made. I felt like it had been made especially for me, my friends and our local cadets. And the song, Buckle Down Winsocki was absolutely the best fight song in the world.
I realize now that the movie probably wasn't that good, it was trite and predictable, as well as being juvenile. It still thrills me, and the memories that I have of that time all come back when I watch this movie again.
I'm not capable of seeing it from any other point of view, so I am going to give this a 10, just for old times' sake. I note that a couple of other reviewers have commented that they most enjoyed the film, as did I, for the song Buckle Down, Winsocki, as sung by Tommy Dix, and wondered what ever became of "military cadet" Tommy Dix, real life and career-wise.
Young Tom would be about 82 years old now. Does anybody out there know? Anyway, I hope he graduated with full honors from life's academy and had a grand and rewarding career, whatever and wherever it may have been, in or out of the movies.
Based upon the Broadway musical, I found this to be a fun,charming, and well written screenplay that entertains from beginning to end. Although not her best film, Lucille Ball is more than adequate playing herself in this early teen romp. But, this film is completely and utterly stolen by Nancy Walker as the way-over-the-top "Blind Date" girl.
She is hilarious, and talented in this, her film debut. Her comedic genius is in full view in this film for which she should have received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress, but did not. Tommy Dix does a fine job as the star cadet the screenplay revolves around, and Harry James' music is more-than-worth watching the movie.
When combined together, the above make this film a worthwhile watch; your belly will hurt from the hearty laughs you will emit! I usually don't like movies wherein stars "play themselves" but cable TV plays this movie so often I've seen it like a million times and each time I catch something different.
The story is somewhat contrived and, true-to-form, movie star as opposed to TV star Lucille has a hard time getting rid of her somewhat brassy edge. She herself has commented that this trait held her back in films. Toward the end, however, she does soften up, especially in the hilarious Marx Brothersesque scene in the dormitory when everybody has to hide in closets to keep from getting busted by the general. I can envision this picture playing during the war as the second feature.
It's one of those movies that, in the days when you could stay at the movies all day, you wouldn't mind coming in in the middle of it and then staying later to catch just the beginning. Harry James is a surprisingly good dancer and his scene with little Nancy Walker is good. You Are for Loving - bonus track This recording is from the revival, which is notable for Liza Minelli's first stage success. Originally released on Cadence Records Includes liner notes by Miles Kreuger.
The show concerned a prep school called Winsocki where a student invites a Hollywood movie star to be his prom date, and she surprisingly accepts. The score featured the hit "Buckle Down, Winsocki," and the cast included soon-to-be stars June Allyson and Nancy Walker, both of whom re-created their performances in the film version starring Lucille Ball.
The off-Broadway revival heard on this recording probably wouldn't have made it onto wax if the producers had not cast a teenage Liza Minnelli in a featured role, making her professional debut.
Martin and Blane had written the songs for Meet Me in St. Louis, the film starring Minnelli's mother, Judy Garland, and directed by her father, Vincente Minnelli, and Martin had worked for Garland thereafter, so the casting was no surprise. The surprise was that young Minnelli was so good. Nominally speaking, Paula Wayne, playing Hollywood star Joy Gale, had the leading role, but she was outshone by Minnelli, who remains the reason to listen to this barebones version of the score, played on only two pianos though a certain Ronald -- later known as Christopher Walken, also makes a good showing.
Add to Cart. A pair of dull critics who have not achieved anything in their lives, wrote caustic reviews on the musical like they had too many youth and it's bad, because blah blah blah. And the others, normal ones, life-satisfied people have written the truth — the musical was swarming with positive energy and excellent stage zeal. Some of the flaws that really could be due to youth of actors, over the top compensated by their diligence, striving for accuracy performance of their roles and great vivacity that accompanied them all along.
The most important thing for what it is worth to go on this musical is a great choreography, when all on stage move as if a single organism, having thoughtful dialogues and fiery spirit of youth that sparks from everywhere. What is not felt at all — any tension, so nothing is unnatural and this musical is sitcom, situation comedy, with joy and a little admixture of warm farce.
If situations like this happen in the real life, all experience embarrassment or anger by unforeseen circumstances, more than the joy because of our dull reality has experiences fluctuations. Director: Edward Buzzell. Writers: Irving Brecher screenplay , Fred F. Added to Watchlist. Related News Gerald I. June Allyson Ranked. Movie Listing. Movies I Have Seen: 's. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.
Edit 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 Hunk Beverly Tyler Chester Short Henry O'NeillAugmenting the contents of Best Foot Forward are four sides from the seemingly disparate Abbott & Costello in Hollywood (). The connection -- besides being MGM productions -- is the formidable team of Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, who are arguably best known for their scores to Meet Me in St. Louis () and Good News (), garnering.