Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)





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Practically everybody on the Warner Bros. lot shows up in the wartime morale-boosting musical extravaganza Thank Your Lucky Stars. Believe it or not, this one has a wisp of a plot. A pair of enterprising producers, played by S.Z. Sakall and Edward Everett Horton, want to hire singer Dinah Shore for their upcoming Cavalcade of Stars. Unfortunately, this means they must deal with Shore's boss, radio comedian Eddie Cantor. The egotistical Cantor insists upon joining the show himself, driving everyone crazy with his take-charge attitude. Meanwhile, singer Dennis Morgan, hoodwinked by a crooked agent into thinking he's signed a contract with Cantor, shows up backstage at Sakall and Horton's rehearsal, only to be given the boot. While all this is going on, aspiring actress Joan Leslie has befriended a bus driver named Joe Simpson--who happens to be a dead ringer for Eddie Cantor (and why not? Ol' "Banjo Eyes" plays both parts). Turns out that Joe is another showbiz wannabe, but he has been denied a break because he looks too much like Cantor. You see what's comin' now, right, folks? Morgan and Leslie will get their big breaks when Joe Simpson impersonates Eddie Cantor, who's been kidnapped by Indians (bet you didn't see that one coming!) All of this expository nonsense is merely an excuse to show off Warners' talent roster in a series of engaging specialty numbers: John Garfield talk-sings Blues in the Night, Jack Carson and Alan Hale do a buck-and-wing, a jitterbug number is performed by Ida Lupino, Olivia de Havilland and George Tobias, Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best strut their stuff in Ice Cold Katie, and so on. Highlights include Errol Flynn's That's What You Jolly Well Get, an English music hall-style sendup of Flynn's movie heroics, and Bette Davis' peerless (and endearingly off-key) rendition of They're Either too Young or Too Old. As a bonus, Humphrey Bogart shows up long enough to be browbeaten and intimidated by S.Z. Sakall ("Gee, I hope none of my movie fans see this!" moans Bogart as the soundtrack plays a mocking rendition of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?) Subtle and sophisticated it isn't, but Thank Your Lucky Stars is so entertaining that you'll forget all about its multitude of flaws.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Eddie Cantor
as Himself/Joe Simpson
Dinah Shore
as Herself
Dennis Morgan
as Tommy Randolph
Joan Leslie
as Pat Dixon
S.Z. Sakall
as Dr. Schlenna
Ruth Donnelly
as Nurse Hamilton
Joyce Reynolds
as Girl with book
Richard Lane
as Barney Jackson
Don Wilson
as Himself
Henry Armetta
as Angelo
Willie Best
as Soldier
Humphrey Bogart
as Specialty
Jack Carson
as Specialty
Bette Davis
as Specialty
Errol Flynn
as Specialty
John Garfield
as Specialty
Alan Hale
as Specialty
Ida Lupino
as Specialty
Ann Sheridan
as Specialty
Alexis Smith
as Specialty
George Tobias
as Specialty
Frank Faylen
as Sailor
Creighton Hale
as Engineer
Jack Mower
as Engineer
Noble Johnson
as Charlie the Indian
Edward Gargan
as Doorman
Hank Mann
as Assistant photographer
Leah Baird
as Bus Passenger
Joan Matthews
as Bus Passenger
Phyllis Godfrey
as Bus Passenger
Lillian West
as Bus Passenger
Morgan Brown
as Bus Passenger
George B. French
as Bus Passenger
Curly Joe DeRita
as Milquetoast Type
Eleanor Counts
as Sailor's Girl Friend
J.W. Cody
as Indian
Harry Pilcer
as Man in Broadcasting Station
Bennie Bartlett
as Page Boy
Betty Farrington
as Assistant Chef
William Haade
as Butler
Lou Marcelle
as Commentator
Juanita Stark
as Secretary
Paul Harvey
as Dr. Kirby
Bert I. Gordon
as Patient
David Butler
as Himself
Mark Hellinger
as Himself
Billy Wayne
as Chauffeur
Howard Mitchell
as Policeman
James Flavin
as Policeman
Dick Rich
as Fred
Ralph Dunn
as Marty
James Burke
as Bill the Intern Guard
Frank Mayo
as Dr. Wheaton
Helen O'Hara
as Show Girl
Rita Christiani
as Ice Cold Katie
Matthew Jones
as Gambler
Monte Blue
as Bartender
Art Foster
as Pub Character
Fred Kelsey
as Pub Character
Doodles Weaver
as Himself
Elmer Ballard
as Pub Character
Buster Wiles
as Pub Character
Howard Davies
as Pub Character
Tudor Williams
as Pub Character
Allan Cooke
as Pub Character
Fred McEvoy
as Pub Character
Bobby Hale
as Pub Character
Will Stanton
as Pub Character
Charles Irwin
as Pub Character
David Thursby
as Pub Character
Henry Iblings
as Pub Character
Earl Hunsaker
as Pub Character
Hubert Hend
as Pub Character
Dudley Kuzello
as Pub Character
Ted Billings
as Pub Character
Jack Norton
as Drunk
Henri DeSoto
as Maitre d'Hotel
Arnold Kent
as Dancer
Dick Elliott
as Customer
Dick Earle
as Customer
Harry Adams
as Doorman
Sam Adams
as Bartender
Conrad Wiedell
as Jitterbug
Charles Francis
as Bald-Headed Man
Harry A. Bailey
as Bald-headed Man
Joan Winfield
as Cigarette Girl
Nancy Worth
as Hatcheck Girl/Lucky Star
Harriette Haddon
as Lucky Star
Harriette Olsen
as Lucky Star
Joy Barlowe
as Lucky Star
Janet Barrett
as Lucky Star
Dorothy Schoemer
as Lucky Star
Dorothy Dayton
as Lucky Star
Lucille Lamarr
as Lucky Star
Mary Landa
as Lucky Star
Sylvia Opert
as Lucky Star/Hatcheck Girl
Matt McHugh
as Fireman
Igor Dega
as Dancer
Brandon Hurst
as Cab Driver
Angelita Mari
as Duenna
Lynne Baggett
as Miss Latin America
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Critic Reviews for Thank Your Lucky Stars

All Critics (3)

LIke all the Hollywood studios during the War, Warner mobilized its top talent for this song and dance revue, with Bette Davis and Bogart singing and Olivia De Havilland dancing.

Full Review… | October 5, 2009

It's all so gloriously unapologetic in its randomness, a cinematic variety show that allows stars to get silly for a good cause.

Full Review… | December 4, 2008

It's vulgar entertainment, but at least there's a few laughs over the stars ribbing each other and doing some acts.

Full Review… | October 9, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Thank Your Lucky Stars

Although slightly overlong, this Warner Bros. musical is probably the best of the all-star genre that was popular during WWII; you'll either love or hate the Eddie Cantor-driven story line but the Frank Loesser-written production numbers are what matter: Dinah Shore singing "How Sweet You Are," Errol Flynn singing and dancing (!) to "That's What You Jolly Well Get," Ann Sheridan's "Love Isn't Born, It's Made," Hattie McDaniel and cast performing "Ice Cold Katie" and - best of all - Bette Davis crooning the Oscar-nominated "They're Either Too Young or Too Old."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

WWII fundraiser. More of a parade of studio stars than anything else, this showcases top talent of the day plus some we don't recognize today. More for fans of the period than now, this black and white film shows us that the stars of the day could be reason enough to see a film. [img][/img] Comedian Eddie "eyes" Cantor had a prominent role as himself and as a movie guide in the film A 100% film in its own genre, for the rest of us its pretty lame stuff. A treasure to film buffs however who will see big name stars of history prancing across their flat screet tv's. The film features the only screen musical numbers ever done by Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ida Lupino. [img][/img] Errol Flynn (stripe shirt) does hit bit for the war effort too I came to see that John Garfield sounded a lot like Gene Kelly and even in a stretch looked like him a little. My exposure to Garfield had been very limited to non-existent, so it was educational to see his cameo role in this. [img][/img] In the end, the film is educational and somewhat entertaining to see mega-stars in a more relaxed, everyday appearance. They all seemed to enjoy the free spirit of the film. [img][/img] CURIOUS TIDBITS about the film: 1 Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) is a film made by Warner Brothers as a World War II fundraiser. 2 Each of the cast members was paid a $50,000 fee for their appearance which was then donated to the "Hollywood Canteen". 3 The film features the only screen musical numbers ever done by Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ida Lupino. 4 The film was popular with audiences, and the critic James Agee called it "the loudest and most vulgar of the current musicals. It is also the most fun." 5 For those interested, the dvd set included 2 other fund raiser films for WWII in a case shown here: [img][/img] Other Cameo Appearances Humphrey Bogart John Garfield Don Wilson David Butler Noble Johnson Mark Hellinger Mike Mazurki Madame Sul-Te-Wan Doodles Weaver Musical numbers (in the order performed) "Thank Your Lucky Stars" by Dinah Shore "Ridin' For a Fall" by Dennis Morgan and Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland) "Hotcha Cornia" by Spike Jones & His City Slickers "We're Staying Home Tonight" by Eddie Cantor "Goin' North" by Jack Carson and Alan Hale "Love Isn't Born (It's Made)" by Ann Sheridan "No You, No Me" by Dennis Morgan and Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland) "The Dreamer" by Dinah Shore "Ice Cold Katie" by Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best "How Sweet You Are" by Dinah Shore "That's What You Jolly Well Get" by Errol Flynn "They're Either Too Young, Or Too Old" by Bette Davis, including a famous (brief) jitterbug performance by Davis and dance contest winner Conrad Weidel "The Dreamer" reprise by Olivia de Havilland, Ida Lupino, and George Tobias "Good Night, Good Neighbor" by Dennis Morgan with an accompanying dance by Alexis Smith Final Medley with brief reprises of "We're Staying Home Tonight" (Eddie Cantor), "How Sweet You Are" (chorus girls), "Goin' North" (Jack Carson and Alan Hale, Sr.), "The Dreamer" (both Dinah Shore and the comic trio), "Ridin' For a Fall" (Dennis Morgan and Joan Leslie), "Love Isn't Born (It's Made)" (Ann Sheridan), "That's What You Jolly Well Get" (Errol Flynn), "Good Night, Good Neighbor" (Dennis Morgan), "They're Either Too Young, Or Too Old" (Bette Davis), "Ice Cold Katie" (Hattie McDaniel and Eddie Cantor), "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (ensemble) Directed by David Butler Produced by Mark Hellinger Written by Norman Panama (screenplay) Melvin Frank (screenplay) Music by Heinz Roemheld Cinematography Arthur Edeson Editing by Irene Morra Distributed by Warner Brothers Release date(s) 1943 Running time 124 min. Country U.S.A. Language English [img][/img]

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Don't get excited that you'll see Bogart sing or dance or something in this movie, because he only has a cameo. Apart from that disappointment, I enjoyed this movie more than the other wartime cavalcade of stars films, it actually has a funny story surrounding the show.

Aj V
Aj V

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