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Lucky Partners (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 August 1940 (USA)
Ronald Colman shares a sweepstakes ticket with Ginger Rogers and they then embark on an "imaginary" honeymoon with their "winnings."

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Ethel
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As David Grant passes neighbor Jean Newton on the street in Greenwich Village, he impulsively wishes her good luck. Although she doesn't know him, she intuitively asks him to become her partner in an Irish Sweepstakes ticket. David agrees on the condition that she go on a world tour with him if they win the $150,000 prize as an "experiment." She reluctantly agrees over the initial objections of her oafish fiancé Fred, who agrees to hold the ticket. When it turns out that they have drawn a horse in the race, Fred urges them to sell the ticket for the $12,000 asking price, but they turn him down. Although their horse loses, Jean is furious to learn that Fred had sold her half of the ticket. Even though David doesn't know about it, she feels obligated to share the $6000 with him. After he buys her a car with her half, she agrees to a scaled-down version of their tour to Niagara Falls, where they register as brother and sister. What Jean doesn't know is that David is actually a famous ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Change Your Luck  »

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Trivia

Carole Lombard turned Lucky Partners down so she could film Vigil in the Night. See more »

Goofs

After Colman finishes his cross examination of Rogers, he walks out-of-frame and she gets up and follows him off-screen. One second later she's back in the witness stand with him still cross-examining her. See more »

Quotes

Jean Newton: Hello! I'd like to ask you a proposition
David Grant: Good!
Jean Newton: [Offended that he has misinterpreted] A BUSINESS proposition!
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Remake of Bonne chance! (1935) See more »

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Sleepy Time in Hawaii
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Otis René
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It's entertainment, not reality
13 June 2014 | by (Ojai, CA) – See all my reviews

A romantic comedy along the lines of 'It Happened One Night' (1934) but Ronald Colman is the incognito one. Ginger Rogers isn't in the know but agrees to take a Platonic road trip with him even though she's engaged to someone else. This is pretty risqué material for 1940 and there's a bit at the end which could be interpreted as a jab at the Hays Code (thanks to Equinox23 for that insight). Directed by Lewis Milestone ('All Quiet on the Western Front', 'Of Mice and Men') with a story that keeps one intrigued thanks to its unpredictability, it is a perfectly delightful piece of entertainment guaranteed to leave a warm fuzzy feeling. Several other reviewers here are rather harsh on this film, citing lack of plausibility, chemistry, etc. If you want plausibility see 'Judgment at Nuremberg' but if you enjoy romantic comedy don't let the nitpickers here dissuade you from seeing this charming film.


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