Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  25 September 1943 (USA)
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Two producers are putting together a wartime charity show with an all-star cast but the egotism of radio personality Eddie Cantor disrupts their plans.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Cantor / Joe Simpson
Olivia de Havilland
John Garfield
Pat Dixon
Ida Lupino
Tommy Randolph
Ann Sheridan
Dinah Shore
Alexis Smith
Alan Hale
George Tobias


Two producers are putting together a Calvacade of Stars for a wartime charity show. Along with a list of well-knowns they promote the work of an unknown singer and songwriter. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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25 September 1943 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eddie Cantor, as Joe the bus driver, tells Joan Leslie that he and his friends all live together in a place called "Gower Gulch". In reality "Gower Gulch" was the area near Gower St. and Hollywood Blvd. where many low-budget production companies and independent producers had their offices. It was so named because most of the films they made were westerns--which were cheaper to make than any other genre--and many cowboy actors and extras hung out in the area looking for work. See more »


In one of the scenes where Eddie Cantor, dressed as an American Indian, is being chased by other men dressed as American Indians, the film negative has been flipped - you can see the signs on store windows are clearly backward/mirror images of what they are supposed to read. See more »


Eddie Cantor: How about it, soldier? Show the little lady all the homes of the movie stars?
Sailor: I'm sorry, Mac. I got an hour. I gotta get back to my ship.
Eddie Cantor: What better way can you spend your last hour than a nice bus ride.
Sailor: [Arm in arm with a beautiful blonde] Are you kidding?
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At the end, the words "THE END" are sewn into the curtains. See more »


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The Dreamer
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Dinah Shore
Reprised as a jive parody by Ida Lupino, Olivia de Havilland (dubbed by Lynn Martin) and George Tobias
Reprised by Shore, Lupino, de Havilland and Martin at the end
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Thank Your Lucky Stars was a wonderful all-star musical comedy from Warner Bros.
20 March 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is the second of the "war musicals" I'm reviewing for the next few days, the first having been Something for the Boys. This was Warner Bros. initial contribution of an all-star extravaganza to the war effort. I mean, seeing non-singing stars like Errol Flynn and Bette Davis warble entertaining tunes and having fun doing them are special treats to watch even today. And seeing Humphrey Bogart get shouted down by S. Z. Sakall is hilarious. In fact, the screenplay by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama (both of whom were natives of my birthtown of Chicago, Ill.) provided non-stop laughs for most of the time especially when the plot was focused on Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, and especially on Eddie Cantor who plays both himself as an egotistical jerk and a down-on-his-luck actor-turned-bus driver named Joe. And Sakall and Edward Everett Horton make a wonderful team when they have to deal with Cantor. The songs, by Frank Loesser and Arthur Schwartz, are highly entertaining especially Davis' "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" and Cantor protégé Dinah Shore sings a couple of their ballads wonderfully. Also a treat was a performance by Spike Jones and the City Slickers doing their funny stylings on a classical piece. Okay, not everything clicked and the movie, at a little more than two hours, may have been a little long. But I was so entertained, I mostly didn't care. So of course, Thank Your Lucky Stars gets a high recommendation from me. P.S. I found out that three players from my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life, appeared though I only noticed one, Mary Treen as an Eddie Cantor fan who encounters Joe, while watching. Perhaps Frank Faylen, as a sailor, and Virginia Patton, as one of the girls in Ann Sheridan's number, didn't appear long enough for me to recognize them.

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