Good News

Good News

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Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Charles Walters, June Allyson, Morris Ankrum, Tom Dugan

     
 

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This second film version of the DeSylva/Brown/Henderson Broadway musical Good News may not be the best of the Arthur Freed-produced MGM musicals, but it's certainly one of the peppiest. The film is set at Tait college during the Roaring 20s. The wisp of a plot involves Tait football-star Peter Lawford, who will be ineligible to play in the Big Game if hisSee more details below

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This second film version of the DeSylva/Brown/Henderson Broadway musical Good News may not be the best of the Arthur Freed-produced MGM musicals, but it's certainly one of the peppiest. The film is set at Tait college during the Roaring 20s. The wisp of a plot involves Tait football-star Peter Lawford, who will be ineligible to play in the Big Game if his grades don't improve. June Allyson is the demure Tait coed who takes on the task of tutoring Lawford, while campus vamp Patricia Marshall takes action when she believes (rightly so) that she is losing Lawford to Allyson. The film is deftly stolen by comic relief Joan McCracken, who stops the show with her energetic rendition of "Pass That Peace Pipe"--which, like the famous Lawford/Allyson duet "The French Lesson," was specially written for this 1948 version of Good News. Retained from the original score is the rousing "Varsity Drag." Mel Torme, Tom Dugan and Donald McBride are among the familiar supporting-cast faces in this bubbly Technicolor musical, which was adapted for the screen by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
College musicals were pretty much a thing of the past in 1947 -- which perhaps explains why Good News works as well as it does. Enough time had passed for the people involved with the movie to attack the story with an underlying layer of nostalgia and gently ironic fun. By no means a classic -- the slip of a story is just too silly and insubstantial - Good News has an infectious joyousness, energy and eagerness to please that makes it hard to dislike. Betty Comden and Adolph Green's screenplay is full of pep, and the score is consistently engaging. June Allyson plays for cute, as usual; she's an acquired taste, but the taste goes down more easily in this film. As her match, Peter Lawford is a little on the dull side, but he moves surprisingly well. They're featured in "The Varsity Drag," one of the movie's two big production numbers; it's a treat, but the real highlight is "Pass That Peace pipe" and that number's incredible Joan McCracken. An amazing spitfire of a performer, she anchors one of the most energetic dance routines this side of Gene Kelly, with far too many kids crammed into a little malt shop and practically tearing the set apart with their unquenchable high spirits. Charles Walters, making his directorial debut here, would go on to helm Easter Parade and Lili.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0883316397152
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
4,601

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
June Allyson Connie Lane
Morris Ankrum Dean Griswold
Tom Dugan Pooch
Connie Gilchrist Cora the Cook
Jane Green Mrs. Drexel
Peter Lawford Tommy Marlowe
Georgia Lee Flo
Donald MacBride Coach Johnson
Patricia Marshall Pat McClellan
Joan McCracken Babe Doolittle
Ray McDonald Bobby Turner
Robert E. Strickland Peter Van Dyne III
Clinton Sundberg Prof. Burton Kennyone
Loren Tindall Beef
Mel Tormé Danny
Bill Harbach Actor

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Albert Akst Editor
Ralph Blane Score Composer
Lew Brown Score Composer,Screenwriter
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Betty Comden Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Buddy G. DeSylva Score Composer,Screenwriter
Roger Edens Associate Producer,Score Composer
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Adolph Green Screenwriter
Lennie Hayton Musical Direction/Supervision
Ray Henderson Score Composer
Frank Mandel Screenwriter
Hugh Martin Score Composer
Paul G. Chamberlain Set Decoration/Design
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles E. Schoenbaum Cinematographer
Laurence Schwab Screenwriter
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Kay Thompson Arranger

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