Good News (1947)

CHARLES WALTERS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1947.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the play by , , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1947.  

Campus comedies and musicals were a staple of the thirties and forties, and this meaningless little charmer is one of the best loved and remembered of them. It stars  as a college football star who can’t decide between a conniving social climber () and a sweet and truehearted lass ().  You can pretty much figure it out from there, but along the way to the well-known finale, you’ll have fun watching the colourful costumes and listening to the tuneful collection of songs. Two numbers, “Pass That Peace Pipe” and the title song, also feature fantastic, though unbelievable choreography: fantastic because of how excellent in execution (particularly in the performance by Broadway star ) but unbelievable because, well, who would buy that this many college students would all know the same steps to a forty minute dance number in such perfect unison?

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