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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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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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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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Soundtracks

The Fuddy Duddy Watchmaker
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Performed by Betty Hutton and The Sportsmen Quartet
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A ho-hummer that falls flat
13 December 2015 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

I like all the actors who appear in "Happy Go Lucky," but not much in this film. This movie bounces all over the place, the plot is a jumble of small plots, and the screenplay is lousy. Even the musical numbers don't go over well. Betty Hutton as Bubbles Hennessy is way overboard, especially in her singing. She could make some ugly faces with her facial contortions in songs. I think it was poor directing that let stuff like that get through. I'll bet she shuddered if she saw the film and how she appeared in her songs.

Mary Martin as Marjory, Dick Powell as Pete and Rudy Vallee as Alfred don't seem to have any energy. In Alfred's case, it may be intentional; but with few others showing any zip for their roles, this film soon becomes a ho-hum. Eddie Bracken is OK, and I like to see Eric Blore in his supporting roles. But they don't have enough to lift this film above poor. What little humor there is can't save the film either.

It appears to be a lavish production from the opening scene with many people in costume and the boat landing setting. But it soon turns out to be a very poor film. This was a Paramount picture, and I wonder if this wasn't one of its "B" level films. I had a hard time staying with it. It just isn't that interesting or entertaining.


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