Thank Your Lucky Stars (film)


Thank Your Lucky Stars 1943 is a musical comedy film made by Warner Brothers as a World War II fundraiser, with a slim plot, involving theater producers The stars donated their salaries to the Hollywood Canteen, which was founded by John Garfield and Bette Davis, who appear in this film2 It was directed by David Butler and stars Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie, Edward Everett Horton and S Z Sakall34

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Musical numbers
  • 4 Production
  • 5 Reception
  • 6 Awards and honors
  • 7 References
    • 71 Notes
    • 72 Bibliography
  • 8 External links

Plotedit

Theater producers Horton and Sakall staging a wartime charity program, only to have the production taken over by their egotistical star Eddie Cantor Meanwhile, an aspiring singer Dennis Morgan and his songwriter girlfriend Joan Leslie conspire to get into the charity program by replacing Cantor with their look-alike friend, tour bus driver Joe Simpson Eddie Cantor

Many of Warner Brothers's stars performed in musical numbers, including several who were not known as singers The show features the only screen musical numbers ever done by Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ida Lupino

Castedit

Cameo appearances

Musical numbersedit

  • "Thank Your Lucky Stars" sung by Dinah Shore
  • "Ridin' for a Fall" sung by Dennis Morgan and Joan Leslie dubbed by Sally Sweetland
  • "Hotcha Cornia" performed by Spike Jones & His City Slickers
  • "We're Staying Home Tonight" sung by Eddie Cantor
  • "I'm Goin' North" sung by Jack Carson and Alan Hale, Sr
  • "Love Isn't Born It's Made" sung by Ann Sheridan
  • "No You, No Me" sung by Dennis Morgan and Joan Leslie dubbed by Sally Sweetland
  • "The Dreamer" sung by Dinah Shore
  • "Ice Cold Katie" performed by Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best
  • "How Sweet You Are" sung by Dinah Shore
  • "That's What You Jolly Well Get" sung by Errol Flynn
  • "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" sung by Bette Davis, including a brief jitterbug performance by Davis and dance contest winner Conrad Weidel Written by Frank Loesser and Arthur Schwartz2
  • "The Dreamer" reprise sung by Olivia de Havilland, Ida Lupino and George Tobias Olivia de Havilland dubbed by Lynn Martin2
  • "Good Night, Good Neighbor" sung 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
    • "I'm Goin' North" Jack Carson and Alan Hale, Sr
    • "The Dreamer" Dinah Shore and Olivia de Havilland, Ida Lupino and George Tobias
    • "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

Productionedit

Filming for Thank Your Lucky Stars started 1 October 19425 Producer Mark Hellinger and director David Butler both made cameo appearances in the film6 The film utilized sets which had been built for the Warner Bros films The Green Pastures and Wonder Bar6 Thank Your Lucky Stars was the film debut of both Dinah Shore and Spike Jones and his City Slickers6 Each of the cast members was paid a $50,000 fee for their appearance which was then donated to the Hollywood Canteen7

Receptionedit

Thank Your Lucky Stars 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"8 Ticket sales combined with the donated salaries of the performers raised more than two million dollars for the Hollywood Canteen9

Awards and honorsedit

The song ""They're Either Too Young or Too Old" by Arthur Schwartz music and Frank Loesser lyrics was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Music, Original Song", but lost to "You'll Never Know" by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon from the film, Hello Frisco, Hello Despite not winning the award, Kitty Kallen and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra had a hit with the song210


The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

  • 2006: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals – Nominated11

Referencesedit

Notesedit

  1. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  2. ^ a b c d Landazuri, Margaret "Articles: Thank Your Lucky Stars"" Turner Classic Movies TCMcom Retrieved: January 26, 2015
  3. ^ Film review: 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'" Variety, August 18, 1943, p 10
  4. ^ Film review: 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'" Harrison's Reports , August 21, 1943, p 136
  5. ^ The New York Times, August 29, 1942, p 18
  6. ^ a b c "Notes: Thank Your Lucky Stars" Turner Classic Movies Retrieved: January 26, 2015
  7. ^ Spada 1993, p 194
  8. ^ Ringgold and Quirk 1966, p 123
  9. ^ Spada 1993, p 195
  10. ^ "Awards" IMDBcom Retrieved: January 26, 2015
  11. ^ "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" PDF Retrieved 2016-08-13 

Bibliographyedit

  • Ringgold, Gene and Lawrence J Quirk The Films of Bette Davis New York: Cadillac Publishing Co, 1966 ISBN 978-0-8065-1177-1
  • Spada, James More Than a Woman Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993 ISBN 978-0-7515-0940-3

External linksedit

  • Thank Your Lucky Stars at the American Film Institute Catalog
  • Thank Your Lucky Stars on Internet Movie Database
  • Thank Your Lucky Stars at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Thank Your Lucky Stars at the TCM Movie Database
  • Thank Your Lucky Stars at AllMovie


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