Best Foot Forward

A breezy but bland adaptation of the Broadway musical, with Lucille Ball as a movie star called Lucille Ball who, as a publicity stunt designed to revive a flagging career, accepts an invitation from a star-struck cadet (Dix) to attend a prom at his military academy. Much farcical ado ensues since the star's presence has to be kept secret from the authorities and the cadet's regular girlfriend (Weidler), while Ball herself is not pleased at having to garner publicity while remaining incognito. Buzzell's direction is laboured, and the merely passable musical numbers are staged by Charles Walters with surprisingly little flair. Harry James, providing the brash big band swing for the prom, manages to squeeze in his flashy rendition of 'Flight of the Bumble Bee' (not much cop there for the dancers on the floor).

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Edward Buzzell
Screenwriter: Irving Brecher, Fred Finklehoffe
Cast: Lucille Ball
William Gaxton
Tommy Dix
Virginia Weidler
Nancy Walker
June Allyson
Gloria De Haven
Kenny Bowers
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