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Good News
Director: Nick Grinde (Dir)
Release Date:   23 Aug 1930
Duration (in mins):   78
Duration (in feet):   8,100
Duration (in reels):   11
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Cast:   Mary Lawlor (Connie)  
    Stanley Smith (Tom)  
    Bessie Love (Babe)  
    Cliff Edwards (Kearney)  
    Gus Shy (Bobby)  
    Lola Lane (Pat)  
    Thomas Jackson (Coach)  
    Delmer Daves (Beef)  
    Billy Taft (Freshman)  
    Frank McGlynn (Professor Kenyon)  
    Dorothy McNulty (Flo)  
    Helyn Virgil    
    Vera Marsh (Girls)  
    Abe Lyman and His Band    

Summary: Among the students at Tait College are football star Tom Marlowe, whose neglect of studies threatens the chances of the school team; Bobby, a wise-cracking freshman, who makes a play for the school vamp, Babe, and wins her; and Connie, who falls for Tom. Although they all prefer the Varsity Drag to studying, Tom is finally reinstated with the help of Professor Kenyon. He wins the climactic game as well as the love of Connie. 

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Director: Nick Grinde (Dir)
  Edgar J. MacGregor (Stage dir)
Writer: Frances Marion (Scr)
  Joe Farnham (Dial)
Photography: Percy Hilburn (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons (Art dir)
Film Editor: William Le Vanway (Film ed)
Costumes: David Cox (Ward)
Music: Nacio Herb Brown (Interpolations)
  Arthur Freed (Interpolations)
  Felix Feist Jr. (Interpolations)
  Reggie Montgomery (Interpolations)
Sound: Russell Franks (Rec eng)
  Douglas Shearer (Rec eng)
Dance: Sammy Lee (Dance dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "He's a Ladies Man," "The Best Things in Life Are Free," "The Varsity Drag," "Good News," "Tait Song" and "Students Are We," words and music by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson; "If You're Not Kissing Me" and "Football," words by Arthur Freed, music by Nacio Herb Brown; "I Feel Pessimistic," words by George Waggner, music by J. Russel Robinson; "Gee, But I'd Like To Make You Happy," words and music by Larry Shay, George Ward and Reggie Montgomery.
Composer: Buddy DeSylva
  Lew Brown
  Nacio Herb Brown
  Arthur Freed
  Ray Henderson
  Reggie Montgomery
  J. Russel Robinson
  Larry Shay
  George Waggner
  George Ward
Source Text: Based on the musical Good News by Lawrence Schwab, Lew Brown, Frank Mandel, B. G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson (New York, 6 Sep 1927).
Authors: Frank Mandel
  Laurence Schwab
  Lew Brown
  Ray Henderson
  B. G. DeSylva

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. 25/8/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1506

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone

Genre: Musical comedy
Subjects (Major): College life

Note: M-G-M produced another adaptation of the musical in 1947. Also entitled Good News , that film was directed by Charles Walters and starred June Allyson and Peter Lawford (ses entry below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   9 Sep 1930.   
New York Times   6 Sep 1930   p. 9.
Variety   10 Sep 1930   p. 17.

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