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Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)

Two producers are putting together a wartime charity show with an all-star cast but the egotism of radio personality Eddie Cantor disrupts their plans.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Norman Panama (screen play), Melvin Frank (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Airs Tue. Oct. 23, 12:00 PM on TCM

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Humphrey Bogart
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Cantor / Joe Simpson
Bette Davis ... Bette Davis
Olivia de Havilland ... Olivia de Havilland
Errol Flynn ... Errol Flynn
John Garfield ... John Garfield
Joan Leslie ... Pat Dixon
Ida Lupino ... Ida Lupino
Dennis Morgan ... Tommy Randolph
Ann Sheridan ... Ann Sheridan
Dinah Shore ... Dinah Shore
Alexis Smith ... Alexis Smith
Jack Carson ... Jack Carson
Alan Hale ... Alan Hale
George Tobias ... George Tobias
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Storyline

Two producers are putting together a Calvacade of Stars for a wartime charity show. Along with a list of well-knowns they promote the work of an unknown singer and songwriter. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorables estrellas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, Eddie Cantor winds up in a mental hospital, where he is mistakenly scheduled for a lobotomy. As he flees the operating room, Cantor passes a gurney and meets the "real patient" for the lobotomy. It is Bert Gordon, a.k.a. "The Mad Russian," a regular and very popular character on Cantor's weekly radio comedy show. Gordon greets Cantor with the Mad Russian's signature line, "How do you do-oo-oo?" See more »

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In one of the scenes where Eddie Cantor, dressed as an American Indian, is being chased by other men dressed as American Indians, the film negative has been flipped - you can see the signs on store windows are clearly backward/mirror images of what they are supposed to read. See more »

Quotes

John Garfield: Let's talk about my salary.
Eddie Cantor: Oh, let's not argue about that! How much do you want?
John Garfield: Five thousand bucks.
Eddie Cantor: Let's argue.
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Crazy Credits

At the end, the words "THE END" are sewn into the curtains. See more »

Connections

References Whoopee! (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Night, Good Neighbor
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Dennis Morgan and chorus girls and
Danced by Alexis Smith, Igor Dega and Arnold Kent
Reprised by all four at the end
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We May Not Be Polished, but We Are Enthusiastic
16 July 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

There's enough bounce and energy in this Warner's showcase to light up a whole city. What great light entertainment for the boys overseas and folks on the homefront (after all, it's 1943). Eddie Cantor really comes through with the plot spark, racing around like the Energizer bunny, and playing dual roles (did they pay him double). Then there's handsome Dennis Morgan and all-American Joan Leslie making an attractive pair to hang the romantic hat on. And get a load of Bogart dropping his tough guy act if for just a moment, plus an off-key Garfield warbling, of all things.

No, the music is nothing to write home about, but the performers are an enthusiastic bunch, so who cares. There's drama queens Lupino and de Haviland as jive-talking hepcats (note they only dance "in place"), and, of course, Warner's reigning drama queen Bette Davis doing something or other in her inimitable style. But I especially like the Hattie McDaniel free-for-all that really does light up the screen. Apparently, however, someone decided to slow things down with Ann Sheridan's static number where the girls sit around like prom princesses. But at least we boys get to ogle them.

Too bad this rouser wasn't sent to Hitler and Tojo. They would have tossed in the towel immediately. Because it's obvious that no country with this kind of energy and dynamism could possibly lose a war. And, yes, it's still great unpolished entertainment, with what looks like a lot of people having a lot of fun.


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