Good News (films)

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Good News is the title of two American MGM musical films based on the 1927 stage production of the same name.

1930 version[edit]

The first version, released in 1930, was directed by Nick Grinde. The cast included Bessie Love, Cliff Edwards and Penny Singleton. The film was shot in black-and-white, although the finale was in Multicolor. The surviving print lacks the finale; no footage is known to survive.[1]

The original score was embellished with tunes by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin, and Roger Edens, who were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Pass That Peace Pipe."

Plot[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Mary Lawlor as Connie Lane
  • Stanley Smith as Tom Marlowe
  • Bessie Love as Dixie O'Day
  • Cliff Edwards as "Pooch" Kearney
  • Gus Shy as Bobbie Randall
  • Lola Lane as Patricia Bingham
  • Thomas E. Jackson as Coach Bill Johnson
  • Delmer Daves as Beef Saunders
  • Billy Taft as Sylvester
  • Frank McGlynn as Professor Kenyon
  • Penny Singleton as Flo
  • Helyn Virgil as Girl
  • Vera Marshe as Blonde Girl

1947 version[edit]

Good News
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Poster for the 1947 film
Directed by Charles Walters
Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by Lew Brown (play)
Laurence Schwab
Frank Mandel
Buddy G. DeSylva
Ray Henderson
Screenplay by Betty Comden
Adolph Green
Based on Good News
Starring June Allyson
Peter Lawford
Patricia Marshall
Music by Conrad Salinger
Cinematography Charles Schoenbaum
Edited by Albert Akst
Production
company
MGM
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 26, 1947 (1947-12-26)
Running time 93 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,715,000[2]
Box office $2,956,000[2]

By the 1940s, the original was not shown in the United States due to its Pre-Code content, which included sexual innuendo and lewd suggestive humor. A sanitized 1947 version starred June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Mel Tormé, and Joan McCracken. The screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green was directed by Charles Walters in Technicolor.

Plot[edit]

World War I is over and the Roaring Twenties have arrived, and with them women have won the right to vote and college campuses, such as fictional Tait College, are as much a social scene as an academic one. Football is the big game, and Tait's star player Tom Marlowe (Peter Lawford) is a prime catch. All the girls are interested in Tom and vice-versa, although one society climber seems to have him in hand. Studious part-time school librarian Connie Lane (June Allyson) doesn't seem to have a chance and stays out of the fray. When Marlowe fails a final, he needs a tutor to help him pass so he can play in the big game on Saturday. Connie is selected to keep his nose to the grindstone, and the two fall for each other. The couple's romance can only endure if the team loses the big game.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

  • "Tait Song"
    • Music by Ray Henderson
    • Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
    • Performed by Joan McCracken and chorus
  • "Be a Ladies' Man"
  • "Lucky in Love"
    • Music by Ray Henderson
    • Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
    • Performed by Patricia Marshall, Joan McCracken, Mel Tormé, June Allyson, and Peter Lawford
  • "The Best Things in Life Are Free"
    • Music by Ray Henderson
    • Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
    • Performed by June Allyson
    • Performed also by Mel Tormé
  • "Pass That Peace Pipe"
  • "Just Imagine"
    • Music by Ray Henderson
    • Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
    • Sung by June Allyson
  • "Varsity Drag"
    • Music by Ray Henderson
    • Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
    • Performed by June Allyson, Peter Lawford, and chorus

Reception[edit]

The 1947 version was a box office disappointment, earning $2,545,000 in the US and Canada and $411,000 elsewhere, recording a loss of $7,000.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GOOD NEWS color sequence
  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  3. ^ Eyman, Scott (2005). Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer. Robson. p. 401. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

1930 version
1947 version