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If I'm Lucky (1946)

Approved | | Musical | 2 September 1946 (USA)
Bandleader (James) involved in political campaign.

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Allen Clark
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Earl Gordon
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Michelle O'Toole
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Wallingham M. 'Wally' Jones
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Darius J. Magonnagle
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Jed Conklin, Magonnagle's Campaign Manager
Harry James and His Orchestra ...
Themselves (as Harry James' Music Makers)
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Trainer (scenes deleted)
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Out-of-work swing band maneuvers a gig working for a political campaign, by drawing in and entertaining prospective voters at rallies. The candidate is really a stooge for a corrupt political machine, which discovers the band's handsome and appealing singer would make a better stooge. Meanwhile, romance blossoms between the band's singers. When election day approaches, the band's singer wants out of the campaign, but the machine threatens to smear him and his pals in the band if he quits. Written by Anonymous

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A Canção da Felicidade  »

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Originally called "You're For Me". See more »

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Remake of Thanks a Million (1935) See more »

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If I'm Lucky
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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Edgar De Lange
Performed by Perry Como
Also performed by Perry Como and Vivian Blaine
Also performed by Harry James (instrumental)
Also performed by Vivian Blaine
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An interesting hybrid
26 October 2012 | by (Middlesbrough, England) – See all my reviews

If a film was described as "made by 20th Century Fox, featuring Vivian Blaine, Carmen Miranda, Phil Silvers, Harry James, and Perry Como," you might reasonably expect the sort of bright, brash, and breezy Technicolor musical of which TCF were the masters during the 1940s.

If a film was described as "a black and white political satire about an upright young man duped into standing for office only to find that he was intended to front for a gang of corrupt politicos," you might reasonably expect the sort of film of which Frank Capra was master, perhaps starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur.

It is unlikely that you would envisage one film to fit both descriptions, but "If I'm Lucky" does just that. Perhaps we shall never know what prompted TCF to produce this unlikely hybrid, but surprisingly it works quite well. The musical numbers are neatly integrated into the plot, Phil Silvers' usual over-exuberance is kept in check, one misses Technicolor only during Carmen Miranda's numbers, and the political shenanigans are carried mainly by Edgar Buchanan, Reed Hadley, and other supporting players, thankfully making little demand on Perry Como's acting abilities.

This is not a particularly good movie, but nor is it a bad one, and it is sufficiently unusual to warrant attention.


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