Good News (films)

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Good News
GoodNews2.JPG
Poster for the 1947 film
Directed byCharles Walters
Produced byArthur Freed
Written byPlay: Lew Brown
Laurence Schwab
Frank Mandel
Buddy G. DeSylva
Ray Henderson
Screenplay byBetty Comden
Adolph Green
Based onGood News (musical)
StarringJune Allyson
Peter Lawford
Patricia Marshall
Music byConrad Salinger
CinematographyCharles Schoenbaum
Editing byAlbert Akst
StudioMGM
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 26, 1947 (1947-12-26)
Running time93 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1,715,000[1]
Box office$2,956,000[1]
 
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Good News
GoodNews2.JPG
Poster for the 1947 film
Directed byCharles Walters
Produced byArthur Freed
Written byPlay: Lew Brown
Laurence Schwab
Frank Mandel
Buddy G. DeSylva
Ray Henderson
Screenplay byBetty Comden
Adolph Green
Based onGood News (musical)
StarringJune Allyson
Peter Lawford
Patricia Marshall
Music byConrad Salinger
CinematographyCharles Schoenbaum
Editing byAlbert Akst
StudioMGM
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 26, 1947 (1947-12-26)
Running time93 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1,715,000[1]
Box office$2,956,000[1]

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

The first, 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.[2] (The surviving print lacks the finale; no footage is known to survive.)

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.

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."

Cast (1930 version)[edit]

Synopsis (1947 version)[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 (1947 version)[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

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.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=6322
  3. ^ Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 401

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