Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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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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Release Date:

25 September 1943 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Dennis Morgan shows Joan Leslie an old jail set left over from a James Cagney movie, Leslie does a vocal impression of Cagney, in which she quotes his famous speech from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). ("My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you.") The year before this movie was made (1942), Joan Leslie had been Cagney's co-star and leading lady in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). 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 »


Farnsworth: [On the phone, posing as a fictitious Southern reporter for a non-existent newspaper] Mr. Cantor, sir, this is Colonel Robert E. Jefferson of the Montgomery Post Gazette. What we all down here wants, from you all up there, is the complete story of your life, sir... Now, you begin right at the beginning, sir, and don't omit any of the details, no matter how boring they may be, sir. Yes, sir.
Eddie Cantor: Fine! Well, Colonel, my ancestors crossed the Plains in the first covered wagon. If you ever saw my ...
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At the end, the words "THE END" are sewn into the curtains. See more »


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Old Folks at Home
(1851) (uncredited)
aka "Swanee River"
Music by Stephen Foster
Played in the "Way Up North" number
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Discovering Eddie Cantor
24 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cantor was one of the biggest stars of his time. And this WW-II extravaganza showcases his comedy talents playing himself and a look-alike cab driver. Dennis Morgan and Joan Leslie are the lovers, Dinah Shore gets a big buildup but her songs are drippy and awful. Edward Everett Horton and S.Z. Sakall are fun as the guys running the Cavalcade that Cantor forces himself into. Humphrey Bogart does a limp cameo, and big Warners stars appear in a series of funny stage numbers. Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Errol Flynn sing; Olivia de Havilland and Ida Lupino do a jive number; Hattie McDaniel sings in a Harlem number; Jack Carson and Alan Hale do an old-time Vaudeville number; Alexis Smith dances; Spike Jones does a novelty number; John Garfield sings on Cantor's radio show, etc. But aside from seeing these big stars, it's Eddie Cantor who makes this worthwhile. A HUGE stage, movie, and radio star, Cantor is wonderful lampooning himself (a la Bob Hope) and playing the nebbish cabbie (a la Woody Allen). While many of his Broadway contemporaries never quite made it in films (Sophie Tucker, Fannie Brice, George Jessell, Al Jolson, Marilyn Miller), Cantor's starring film career lasted almost 20 years, dating from the smash hit Whoopie! in 1930; his radio career lasted 30 years. Cantor is sadly forgotten now, but he was such a big star he won a special Oscar for his film work and his humanitarian efforts.

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