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Lucky Star (1929)

Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

John Hunter Booth (dialogue), H.H. Caldwell (titles) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Mary Tucker
Charles Farrell ... Timothy Osborn
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sgt. Martin Wrenn
Paul Fix ... Joe
Hedwiga Reicher ... Mrs. Tucker
Gloria Grey ... Mary Smith
Hector V. Sarno Hector V. Sarno ... Pop Fry
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Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his legs. Home again, Tim is visited by Mary, and they are powerfully attracted to each other; but his physical handicap prevents him from declaring his love for her. Deeper complications set in when Martin, Tim's former sergeant and a bully, takes a shine to Mary. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

THE ONLY PICTURE GREAT ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU FORGET "STREET ANGEL"-"SEVETH HEAVEN" (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Press,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 2 September 1929)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrela Ditosa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(New York opening) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

According the Netherlands Film Museum, which restored "Lucky Star", the film was originally a part talkie, with some dialog and effects, but the soundtrack has been lost. See more »

Quotes

Mary Tucker: What's the matter with your feet?
Timothy Osborn: Nothing - just saving my legs.
Mary Tucker: What you savin' 'em for?
Timothy Osborn: For a special occasion.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

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Lyrical Romance, Antique Charm, Two Silent Stars At Their Best
27 February 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

If someone wants to understand what happened between the end of the silent period and the beginning of sound, to experience an immersion in the sort of lyrical romance that people responded to at the time, there are few better films than Lucky Star. Both of the featured players, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell had already established themselves as audience favorites in films from Seventh Heaven on, and this simple tale of a crippled soldier finding love with a rustic local girl allowed both of them to give rich, likable performances without gross exaggeration or hysteria. For contemporary moviegoers, accustomed to multiple layers of irony and a cynical take on romance between a man and a woman, this film may be laughable, but for those willing to transport themselves to another world (which is what film can do so well!) director Frank Borzage's magical, shadowy, soft-focus rustic never-never land creates a sweet, idyllic romance


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