Starring – June Allyson (Connie Lane), Peter Lawford (Tommy Marlowe), Patricia Marshall (Pat McClellan), Joan McCracken (Babe Doolittle), Ray McDonald (Bobby Turner), Mel Torme (Danny).
Released – December, 1947
Directed By – Charles Walters
Produced By – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed By – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Description – It’s the Roaring 20’s, and the social scene at Tait College is every bit as important as the academics. There’s a big sorority party coming up, and everyone is looking forward to the big event.
Especially, Pat McClellan, who has just completed finishing school and pledged to the Phi Gamma Gamma Sorority. Pat’s display of her newly acquired sophistication, and French language speaking skills, oozes attention grabbing vanity and she catches the eye of each member of the Tait College football team.
Most notably, Tommy Marlowe, the teams captain. Knowing, and disapproving a gold-digging vamp when she sees one is school student and librarian Connie Lane. Connie herself has had a big crush on Tommy for some time.
At the party, Pat pays little attention to Tommy as she has her sights set on Peter Van Dyne III who comes from a well-to-do- family. This slight only makes Tommy want Pat more and he feels that if he can learn to speak French he can win Pat over.
Tommy asks Connie to help tutor him in French and she reluctantly agrees. When Babe Doolittle, Connie’s roommate, learns of the situation, she is afraid that Tommy’s disappointment will affect the football team and hurt their chances in the upcoming big game. She decides to tell Pat that Tommy is the heir to a pickle fortune. This immediately changes Pat’s mind about Tommy.
In the meantime, Tommy has asked Connie to the prom and she couldn’t be happier. However, her happiness is short-lived, as Pat has now flirted seriously enough with Tommy to get him to drop his date with Connie and take her to the prom.
As the relationship between Tommy and Pat continues, Tommy’s grades begin to slip and there is a chance that he will not be allowed to participate in the big game. Once again, Connie is asked to come to the rescue.
Can the game be saved, and will Connie finally be able to wrestle Tommy away from the gold-digging Pat? It is now up to Connie to put together a game winning plan.
NOTABLE: In the film, Connie tutor’s Tommy to speak French. While in real life, Peter Lawford spoke Frence fluently and had to teach June Allyson how to teach him onscreen.
Good News was one of three films that June Allyson considered to be her personal favorites of all the pictures in which she appeared.
Actress Gloria DeHaven was to appear in one of the films key roles. She refused and found herself suspended by MGM. One of the problems of being a contract player.
Good News was first released in pre-code 1930, and had become illegal to view or display in the United States. This version was revamped removing all sexual innuendo and lewd humor.