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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

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

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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 »

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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

Timothy Osborn: -To Mary after she tried to sell to him some berries overpriced- I'll give you twenty cents for the berries, and ten cents for not pitying me.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

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Quite simply, a perfect film
4 June 2002 | by silent-12See all my reviews

This film was the last silent film Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor made as a team, and their soulful chemistry is more evident in this film than any other they made together. Is this movie so poignant because it marked the end of their silent career together, or because they had really reached the peak of their artistry together? This was also their last film with director Borzage, who also reached the peak of his art with this film.

To me, LUCKY STAR also demonstrates what made Farrell great as an actor. Although he is often unfavorably compared to Gaynor, he is restrained, elegant, and utterly believable as the handicapped Timothy Osborne. The scene in which he bathes Janet, or later when they embrace before she heads off to the party, is masterful. His expression tears your heart out.

If you have a chance to see this film, please do--you won't be sorry. This is the kind of film that makes you realize how truly great the art of silent cinema was (and remains). 10 stars.


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