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Lucky Partners (1940)

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

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Freddie
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Aunt
Cecilia Loftus ...
Mrs. Sylvester
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Judge
Hugh O'Connell ...
Niagara Clerk
Brandon Tynan ...
Mr. Sylvester
Leon Belasco ...
Nick #1
Eddie Conrad ...
Nick #2 (as Edward Conrad)
Walter Kingsford ...
Wendell
Lucile Gleason ...
Ethel's Mother
Helen Lynd ...
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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Change Your Luck  »

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Ginger Rogers turned down the role of Hildy Johnson (eventually played by Rosalind Russell) in the Howard Hawks comedy His Girl Friday (1940) so she could co-star with Ronald Colman in this movie. See more »

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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

David Grant: [Opening lines after passin Jean on the street] Good luck!
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Remake of Good Luck (1935) See more »

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Comin' Thro' the Rye
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Traditional
Arranged by Roy Webb
Whistled by Ronald Colman
Whistled by Ginger Rogers
Variations played often as part of the score
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The Luck Ran Out
1 April 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Lucky Partners was the first of two films that Ronald Colman together with director Lewis Milestone signed on to make at RKO Pictures. For box office sake he was lucky to get Ginger Rogers who was their top moneymaking female star to be the leading lady. Though their styles don't quite mesh, it's a pleasant enough bit of viewing.

Colman is a reclusive artist and Ginger is a bookseller in Greenwich Village of the Forties, then as now a home and haven for non-conformist spirits. Maybe in another neighborhood a story like this just couldn't happen.

Just one fine day as Colman passes Rogers on the street he wishes her a casual 'good luck'. When she gets the gift of an expensive coat that someone is discarding, Ginger decides that Colman apparently has a lucky streak going. What to do, but bet on the Irish Sweepstakes and take him in as a partner. That does not sit too well with fiancée Jack Carson who is playing a typical Jack Carson blowhard type.

The whole business arrangement in fact the whole business eventually winds up before Judge Harry Davenport who sorts out the legal and romantic complications for all concerned. Very much like Judge Granville Bates does in My Favorite Wife which also came from RKO the same year and is a much better film.

With possibly a different director like Preston Sturges or Mitch Leisen, or Leo McCarey, someone who is known for comedy Lucky Partners might have been a better film. As it is it's pleasant enough viewing for the fans of the leading players, but that's about all you can say for it.


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