Good News

Good News

DVD - 2000
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A school librarian falls for a star football player in this lighthearted musical set in the gone-but-not-forgotten college days of the 20's.
Publisher: [Calif.?] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c2000.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780790746586
0790746581
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE MUSICAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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ThomasJWhiting
Nov 03, 2016

VERY GOOD 1947 comic romantic film musical (based on the 1927 Broadway show) reminiscing about college/fraternity/sorority/football social life back in the late 20's. It IS a bit whack to have the stars, many about 30, playing college, um, kids...
June Allyson has major female role and does a good job acting/singing/dancing, but I was particularly impressed by Joan McCracken who is/was new to me.
Like many of these musicals, a rather thin plot simply holds together several high quality/lavish musical/dance sequences. I particularly enjoyed 'The Tait Song', 'Pass that Peace Pipe' ( both of which had major roles for Joan McCracken), and 'Varsity Drag'.
The film did remind me how much college life/fraternities/sororities have changed SO MUCH over time - back then even going to college was not something for everybody, and only more prosperous families sent their kids to college.
The DVD does includes two special feature musical dance numbers (Varsity Drag and Good News) from the more obscure 1930 film which were great 'extras'.
Overall - this was another enjoyable Hollywood 'blast from the past' and well worth a watch.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 06, 2013

Rah! Rah! Rah!_____ The good news about "Good News" is that this technicolor Musical/Comedy from 1947 does, surprisingly enough, feature 3 quite outstanding and really swinging musical numbers, which are - Pass The Peace Pipe, Varsity Drag and the film's opening sequence._____ But, on the other hand, the bad news about "Good News" is that, no, these 3 high-energy musical numbers don't in any way, shape, or form, come close to compensating the viewer for having to endure the drab and cliched triteness of the rest of the film which is set at Tait University in the late 1920s._____ One of this film's biggest let-downs was that its 2 big-name stars, Peter Lawford and June Allyson, couldn't carry a tune even if their lives depended upon it. And they really couldn't dance or act much, either._____ Well, there you have it, my friends, the good news, as well as the bad news, about "Good News".

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Jan 14, 2012

Not one of my favorite musicals but it is one that is still fun to watch. Some of the dance numbers are especially great, particularly "pass that peace pipe". I just did not find this film had much of a interesting story and the characters were mostly bland.

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