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Happy Go Lucky (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 4 January 1943 (USA)
A gold-digger hopes to land a rich husband in Trinidad, but gets mixed up with a beach boy and voodoo.

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Marjory Stuart
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Pete Hamilton
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Bubbles Hennessy
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Wally Case
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Alfred Monroe
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Mrs. Smith
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Betsman
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Mr. Smith
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Rita Christiani
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To land a rich husband, golddigger Marjory Stuart goes to Trinidad posing as a debutante. Beach boy Pete promptly unmasks her, but offers to help her catch his enemy, yachtsman Alfred Monroe. Marjory's pal Bubbles turns out to be the old flame of Pete's pal Wally. All the well-planned efforts to land Monroe end in slapstick; then Wally's voodoo priestess landlady gives him a love potion that works... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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That merry new Paramount musical that's putting swing into spring!

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Comedy | Musical

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4 January 1943 (USA)  »

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Amor en flor  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay/Ray" was not written by Henry Gordon Thayer at all; he heard it performed in a speakeasy by an African-American performer called Mama Lou; after taking down the notes and lyrics, he sanitized the words as much as possible and published it as his own. The song was later the subject of a copyright battle in the courtroom and was declared to be in the public domain, meaning anybody can use it. See more »

Quotes

Pete Hamilton: With your charm and my conniving, there's nothing to worry about.
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Featured in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) See more »

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Let's Get Lost
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Mary Martin
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a pleasant tropical Island comedy
26 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Dick Powell is a completely relaxed Island Scavenger and his sidekick, Eddie Bracken, has a girl friend, Betty Hutton, who is fanatically crazy about him. Betty uses an energetic approach which would wear out three sidekicks. Dick's co-star, Mary Martin, flashes a great pair of legs in the show's stopper, "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay". I was only thirteen when I saw this show and I think she made a leg-man of me. Miss Martin has set out for the sole purpose of catching herself a millionaire, Rudy Vallee. Rudy does the rich shtick very well, through his nose, and is a fore-runner of Mister Howell of Gilligan's Island fame. The site is also somewhat familiar.

Mary Martin and Dick Powell make a healthy, handsome couple who are a pleasure to watch, giving an effortless performance. The movie was aptly named and was a thoroughly satisfactory piece of entertainment. But then, again, she was a fine looking lady in those days and maybe it was just adolescence. By the way, the picture is in really good color.


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