About Face (1952)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy, Musical Romance  |   Release Date - Feb 28, 1952 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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About Face is a musicalized remake of the old stage and film comedy Brother Rat. The basic story remains the same, as military-school cadet Boff Roberts (Eddie Bracken) tries to keep his forbidden marriage to Alice Wheatley (Phyllis Kirk) a secret. Meanwhile, Boff's roommates Tony Williams (Gordon MacRae) and Dave Crouse (Dick Wesson) do their best to woo and win lovely Betty Long (Virginia Gibson) and Lorna Carter (Ailene Stanley Jr.). Cliff Ferre co-stars as the much-hated Lt. Jones, who turns out to be an accomplished tap-dancer in the film's closing sequence (but that's only after he's been "humanized" when his hair is dyed blue!) Future Cabaret star Joel Grey has a few funny moments as a put-upon "plebe."

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academy, animal, cadet, escapades, friendship, military, musical [play], orphan, professor, secrets, Southerner, struggle