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Happy Go Lucky (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 4 January 1943 (USA)
A gold-digger hopes to land a rich husband in Trinidad, but gets mixed up with a beach boy and voodoo.

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Curtis Bernhardt
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Martin ... Marjory Stuart
Dick Powell ... Pete Hamilton
Betty Hutton ... Bubbles Hennessy
Eddie Bracken ... Wally Case
Rudy Vallee ... Alfred Monroe
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Smith
Eric Blore ... Betsman
Clem Bevans ... Mr. Smith
Rita Christiani Rita Christiani ... Rita Christiani
Sir Lancelot Sir Lancelot ... Calypso Singer
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Storyline

To land a rich husband, golddigger Marjory Stuart goes to Trinidad posing as a debutante. Beach boy Pete promptly unmasks her, but offers to help her catch his enemy, yachtsman Alfred Monroe. Marjory's pal Bubbles turns out to be the old flame of Pete's pal Wally. All the well-planned efforts to land Monroe end in slapstick; then Wally's voodoo priestess landlady gives him a love potion that works... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Everyone's Talking About Paramount's Tropical Tune-Triumph! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor en flor See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay/Ray" was not written by Henry Gordon Thayer at all; he heard it performed in a speakeasy by an African-American performer called Mama Lou; after taking down the notes and lyrics, he sanitized the words as much as possible and published it as his own. The song was later the subject of a copyright battle in the courtroom and was declared to be in the public domain, meaning anybody can use it. See more »

Quotes

Pete Hamilton: With your charm and my conniving, there's nothing to worry about.
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Featured in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Ta-ra-ra Boom-der-é
(uncredited)
Written by Henry J. Sayers
Sung and Danced by Mary Martin
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a pleasant tropical Island comedy
26 January 2005 | by babblingbooksSee all my reviews

Dick Powell is a completely relaxed Island Scavenger and his sidekick, Eddie Bracken, has a girl friend, Betty Hutton, who is fanatically crazy about him. Betty uses an energetic approach which would wear out three sidekicks. Dick's co-star, Mary Martin, flashes a great pair of legs in the show's stopper, "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay". I was only thirteen when I saw this show and I think she made a leg-man of me. Miss Martin has set out for the sole purpose of catching herself a millionaire, Rudy Vallee. Rudy does the rich shtick very well, through his nose, and is a fore-runner of Mister Howell of Gilligan's Island fame. The site is also somewhat familiar.

Mary Martin and Dick Powell make a healthy, handsome couple who are a pleasure to watch, giving an effortless performance. The movie was aptly named and was a thoroughly satisfactory piece of entertainment. But then, again, she was a fine looking lady in those days and maybe it was just adolescence. By the way, the picture is in really good color.


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