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Lucky Partners (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 August 1940 (USA)
Two strangers share a sweepstakes ticket and then embark on an "imaginary" honeymoon with their "winnings".

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Allan Scott (screen play), John Van Druten (screen play) (as John van Druten) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... David
Ginger Rogers ... Jean
Jack Carson ... Freddie
Spring Byington ... Aunt
Cecilia Loftus ... Mrs. Sylvester
Harry Davenport ... Judge
Hugh O'Connell ... Niagara Clerk
Brandon Tynan ... Mr. Sylvester
Leon Belasco ... Nick #1
Eddie Conrad ... Nick #2 (as Edward Conrad)
Walter Kingsford ... Wendell
Lucile Gleason ... Ethel's Mother
Helen Lynd ... Ethel
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As David Grant passes neighbor Jean Newton on the street in Greenwich Village, he impulsively wishes her good luck. Although she doesn't know him, she intuitively asks him to become her partner in an Irish Sweepstakes ticket. David agrees on the condition that she go on a world tour with him if they win the $150,000 prize as an "experiment." She reluctantly agrees over the initial objections of her oafish fiancé Fred, who agrees to hold the ticket. When it turns out that they have drawn a horse in the race, Fred urges them to sell the ticket for the $12,000 asking price, but they turn him down. Although their horse loses, Jean is furious to learn that Fred had sold her half of the ticket. Even though David doesn't know about it, she feels obligated to share the $6000 with him. After he buys her a car with her half, she agrees to a scaled-down version of their tour to Niagara Falls, where they register as brother and sister. What Jean doesn't know is that David is actually a famous ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Gaiety, laughter, originality and sprightly romantic adventures combine...modern, unconventional, completely entertaining

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Change Your Luck See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ginger Rogers turned down the role of Hildy Johnson (eventually played by Rosalind Russell) in the Howard Hawks comedy His Girl Friday (1940) so she could co-star with Ronald Colman in this movie. See more »

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After Colman finishes his cross examination of Rogers, he walks out-of-frame and she gets up and follows him off-screen. One second later she's back in the witness stand with him still cross-examining her. See more »

Quotes

Jean Newton: Hello! I'd like to ask you a proposition
David Grant: Good!
Jean Newton: [Offended that he has misinterpreted] A BUSINESS proposition!
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Remake of Good Luck (1935) See more »

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Wishing (Will Make It So)
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Buddy G. DeSylva
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Maybe not in anyone's top 100, but what's not to like about Ginger and Ronald?
1 April 2001 | by FISHCAKESee all my reviews

It was an article of faith among the more cynical critics during the "golden age" of Hollywood movies that most of what the industry turned out could be summed up as "boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl but gets her back before the final fade". Well, here Lewis Milestone has directed just such a formula tale. But he, more famous for such films as ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, has handled the genre with such a light touch that the result is delightful. Mind you, I don't say the film is top 100 quality, but what's not to like about a Sacha Guitry romantic comedy featuring Ronald Colman and Ginger Rogers and ending with a courtroom scene, common to this type of film in the 1930's and 1940's, presided over by Henry Davenport as Judge?

We start out with Colman as some sort of "mystery artist" accosted by Rogers with a hare-brained scheme to win the Irish sweepstakes, if only he will go halvers with her. He wished her "Good Luck" one morning, you see, and immediately she was given a lovely dress by a complete stranger. So naturally, she knew he was a sure token of good luck. She wants the money for her honeymoon, but Ronald has an idea of his own--he wants her to go with him on the honeymoon, strictly Platonic, of course. To make a long story a bit shorter, Ginger doesn't like the idea but Ronnie persuades her fiance, Jack Carson, that it's O.K. (Don't ask how!), so she finally agrees. They draw a horse on their ticket (if you don't know how the Irish Sweepstakes worked, there isn't room here to explain it all), but the horse doesn't win. However, Jack has sold one-half of the ticket for $6000 on the strength of the horse. He gives this to Ginger, who gives it to Ronnie, who arranges the trip and buys a car in Ginger's name. After considerable pussyfooting around it becomes clearer by the minute that Plato is going to lose this one. Ronnie gets cold feet and beats it in the car bought in Gingers's name. Naturally he is arrested for car theft, Ginger is arrested for possessing a stolen painting (I told you Ronnie as a "mystery artist"), Jack is arrested for breaking down Ginger's hotel room door (he got jealous after all), and they all end up in Henry Davenport's courtroom.

Now, don't read another word if you don't already know the outcome, but if you are of the female persuasion and had the choice of Ronald Colman or Jack Carson, whom would you choose. This courtroom scene is not the best of this sort, which I mentioned was common to the period, but it does serve to sort things out. It may be corn, but it is lovely, sweet corn, and not from Iowa. Light sparkling comedy was Sacha Guitry's stock in trade.


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