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Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 25 September 1943 (USA)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Humphrey Bogart
... Eddie Cantor / Joe Simpson
... Bette Davis
... Olivia de Havilland
... Errol Flynn
... John Garfield
... Pat Dixon
... Ida Lupino
... Tommy Randolph
... Ann Sheridan
... Dinah Shore
... Alexis Smith
... Jack Carson
... Alan Hale
... George Tobias
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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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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Reportedly the only film in which Bette Davis actually sings. The Oscar-nominated song "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" introduced here by Davis became a hit for Jimmy Dorsey with vocalist Kitty Kallen. 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 »

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Dr. Schlenna: Farnsworth, I got you into this complication, and it's up to me to make a mess out of it.
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At the end, the words "THE END" are sewn into the curtains. See more »

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References Gentleman Jim (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Isn't Born (It's Made)
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Performed by Ann Sheridan and chorus girls
Reprised by her at the end
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We May Not Be Polished, but We Are Enthusiastic
16 July 2010 | by See 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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