Thank Your Lucky Stars

Thank Your Lucky Stars

Director: David Butler Cast: Eddie Cantor, Dinah Shore, Bette Davis


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Practically everybody on the Warner Bros. lot shows up in the wartime morale-boosting musical extravaganza Thank Your Lucky Stars. Believe it or not, this one has a wisp of a plot. A pair of enterprising producers, played by S.Z. Sakall and Edward Everett Horton, want to hire singer Dinah Shore for their upcoming Cavalcade of Stars. Unfortunately, this means they must deal with Shore's boss, radio comedian Eddie Cantor. The egotistical Cantor insists upon joining the show himself, driving everyone crazy with his take-charge attitude. Meanwhile, singer Dennis Morgan, hoodwinked by a crooked agent into thinking he's signed a contract with Cantor, shows up backstage at Sakall and Horton's rehearsal, only to be given the boot. While all this is going on, aspiring actress Joan Leslie has befriended a bus driver named Joe Simpson--who happens to be a dead ringer for Eddie Cantor (and why not? Ol' "Banjo Eyes" plays both parts). Turns out that Joe is another showbiz wannabe, but he has been denied a break because he looks too much like Cantor. You see what's comin' now, right, folks? Morgan and Leslie will get their big breaks when Joe Simpson impersonates Eddie Cantor, who's been kidnapped by Indians (bet you didn't see that one coming!) All of this expository nonsense is merely an excuse to show off Warners' talent roster in a series of engaging specialty numbers: John Garfield talk-sings "Blues in the Night," Jack Carson and Alan Hale do a buck-and-wing, a jitterbug number is performed by Ida Lupino, Olivia de Havilland and George Tobias, Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best strut their stuff in "Ice Cold Katie," and so on. Highlights include Errol Flynn's "That's What You Jolly Well Get," an English music hall-style sendup of Flynn's movie heroics, and Bette Davis' peerless (and endearingly off-key) rendition of "They're Either too Young or Too Old." As a bonus, Humphrey Bogart shows up long enough to be browbeaten and intimidated by S.Z. Sakall ("Gee, I hope none of my movie fans see this!" moans Bogart as the soundtrack plays a mocking rendition of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?") Subtle and sophisticated it isn't, but Thank Your Lucky Stars is so entertaining that you'll forget all about its multitude of flaws.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2015
UPC: 0888574150020
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:07:00
Sales rank: 31,132

Special Features

Classic cartoons: ; Falling hare (HD) and Little red riding rabbit (HD); Patriotic short: Food and magic (HD); Musical shorts: ; Three cheers for the girls; The United States Army Band; Vintage Newsreel: ; Hollywood Canteen celebrates first birthday (silent); Trailers: ; Thank your lucky stars; Watch on the Rhine (1943); Audio-Only Bonus: ; Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater radio broadcast (9/27/1943)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Cantor Himself,Joe Simpson
Dinah Shore Herself
Bette Davis Herself
Humphrey Bogart Himself
Olivia de Havilland Herself
Joan Leslie Pat Dixon
Edward Everett Horton Farnsworth
Dennis Morgan Tom Randolph
S.Z. Sakall Dr. Schlenna
Errol Flynn Himself
John Garfield Himself
Alexis Smith Herself
Jack Carson Himself
George Tobias Himself
Alan Hale Himself
Ida Lupino Herself
Ruth Donnelly Nurse Hamilton
Don Wilson Himself
Willie Best Soldier
Henry Armetta Barber
Joyce Reynolds Girl with book
Ann Sheridan Herself
Hattie McDaniel Gossip
Sam Adams Bartender
Harry Bailey Bald-headed Man
Bennie Bartlett Page Boy
Elmer Ballard Actor
Eleanor Counts Sailor's Girl Friend
William Benedict Bus Boy
Ted Billings Pub Character
Monte Blue Bartender
J.W. Cody Indian
Howard Davies Actor
Curly Joe DeRita Milquetoast Type
Henri DeSoto Maitre d'Hotel
Ralph Dunn Marty
Dick Elliott Actor
Betty Farrington Assistant Chef
James Flavin Policeman
Charles Francis Actor
Edward Gargan Doorman
Bobby Hale Actor
Marjorie Hoshelle Actor
Boyd Irwin Man
Charles Irwin Actor
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Themselves
Fred Kelsey Actor
Jerry Mandy Chef
Frank Mayo Dr. Wheaton
Howard Mitchell Actor
Jack Mower Engineer
Anne O'Neal Maid
Virginia Patton Girl
Harry Pilcer Man in Broadcasting Station
Dick Rich Fred
Will Stanton Actor
David Thursby Actor
Billy Wayne Chauffeur
Lillian West Actor
Tudor Williams Actor
Joan Winfield Cigarette Girl
Nancy Worth Actor
Phyllis Godfrey Actor
Lou Marcelle Commentator
Juanita Stark Secretary
Angi O. Poulos Waiter
Helen O'Hara Show Girl
Dick Earle Customer
Harry Adams Doorman
Sylvia Opert Hatcheck Girl,Lucky Star
Harriette Haddon Actor
Joy Barlowe Actor
Dorothy Schoemer Actor
Dorothy Dayton Actor
Georgia Lee Settle Actor
Doodles Weaver Himself
Mark Hellinger Himself
Hank Mann Assistant photographer
Mary Treen Fan
James Burke Bill the Intern Guard
Paul Harvey Dr. Kirby
Jack Norton Drunk
Matt McHugh Fireman
Frank Faylen Sailor
Noble Johnson Charlie the Indian
Mike Mazurki Olaf
Richard Lane Barney Johnson
Lynne Baggett Miss Latin America
Don Barclay Pete
Mary Landa Miss Spain
William Haade Finchley
Arnold Kent Dancer
Brandon Hurst Cab Driver
David Butler Himself
Jess Lee Brooks Justice
Stanley Clements Boy
Rita Christiani Ice Cold Katie

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Melvin Frank Screenwriter
Everett Freeman Original Story
Anton Grot Art Director
Mark Hellinger Producer
James Kern Screenwriter
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Frank Loesser Score Composer,Songwriter
Irene Morra Editor
Norman Panama Screenwriter
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Schwartz Score Composer,Songwriter,Original Story
Walter F. Tilford Set Decoration/Design
Jack L. Warner Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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