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Friday, July 26, 2013

Good News (1947)

At Tait College, the football hero (Peter Lawford) is piqued that the new girl (Patricia Marshall) on campus won't give him the time of day. He gets the bookish librarian (June Allyson at her most appealing) to teach him French in the hopes of winning the pretentious newcomer's favor but he finds himself attracted to pert librarian, too. The second film version (the first was in 1930) of the hit 1927 collegiate musical is a real charmer. It's plot line may be as corny as Kansas but its execution is tuneful, colorful and infectious. And those delightful songs! Lawford should be the last person one would cast as an All American football hero and in a musical yet but his earnestness is hard to resist especially in the clever French Lesson with Allyson. Other highlights include Joan McCracken's delightfully frantic Pass That Peacepipe number and the rousing Varsity Drag production number. Directed by Charles Walters and the energetic choreography is courtesy of Robert Alton. With Mel Torme, Connie Gilchrist, Donald MacBride, Clinton Sundberg and Ray MacDonald.

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