Biff Roberts (Eddie Bracken), Tony Williams (Gordon MacRae) and Dave Crouse (Dick Wesson) are just three months away from graduating as US Army officers from the Southern Military Institute (a fictional military school based on the real-life Virginia Military Institute).
Williams and Crose have girl problems while Roberts, the star pitcher on the school’s baseball team, has a different sort of problem – he is secretly married and his co-ed wife, Alice (Phyllis Kirk,) is expecting a child.
The other two now also have the problem of keeping Roberts in school long enough to graduate (the code of the academy says a cadet will be expelled for marrying) and, more importantly, pitch in the big baseball game of the year.
Based on the original Broadway play (and 1938 movie starring Ronald Reagan) Brother Rat, About Face is a fun little film, all wrapped around seven musical numbers.
Phyllis Kirk’s singing was dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams.
Aileen Stanley Jr
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