It’s not the most prestigious of the MGM/Arthur Freed musicals, but for pure buoyancy, it’s hard to beat Charles Walters’ 1947 version of Good News. Based on a popular 1927 stage musical (previously made into an an excellent 1930 MGM movie) about a group of college students who are crazy about football, dancing, and necking, Walters’ Good News cleans up the lascivious undertones of earlier productions, making it more about fresh-scrubbed, all-American types who still have trouble controlling their hormones. June Allyson plays a savvy bookworm who tutors the school’s star athlete (played by Peter Lawford), and when the pair begin to fall for each other, it threatens the team’s success. Maintaining the 1920s setting of the original, the 1947 Good News is more nostalgic than its predecessors, but every bit as ebullient, as it turns education, sports, romance, and youth into one long cause for celebration. The party begins at midnight on TCM.
May 21, 2014 newsreel