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Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)

 





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Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)

In David Butler's and WB's wartime morale boosting, backstage comedy-musical - the studio's response to other similar efforts, including Paramount Pictures' Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) and MGM's Thousands Cheer (1943); it was a typical musical revue or variety show with a large all-star cast and unrelated numbers, serving as a way to raise charitable funds for the war effort:

  • two producers: conductor Dr. Schlenna (S.Z. Sakall) and dance choreographer Farnsworth (Edward Everett Horton) planned to stage a huge celebrity revue show at the upcoming Cavalcade of Stars charity event
  • specialty production numbers and performances included:
    - Dinah Shore (in her film debut) singing "The Dreamer" in a farm setting
    - Bette Davis' jitterbug dance with Conrad Wiedell
    - Bette Davis' singing rendition (the only one in her entire career) in a nightclub of the Oscar-nominated Best Original Song: "They're Either Too Young or Too Old", lamenting the fact that all the eligible men were off to war
    - egotistical singer-comedian Eddie Cantor in a dual role as Himself and as Joe Simpson (also Cantor) - a Hollywood tour guide
    - unshaven 'gangster-type' Humphrey Bogart received a "tough-guy" put-down by Dr. Schlenna ("Go out, stay out, and never come back!"), and then Bogart sheepishly admitted that he had been intimidated and browbeaten: "It ain't like me. Gee, I hope none of my movie fans hear about this" (as he exited, the soundtrack played a mock version of 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?')
    - Errol Flynn's song-and-dance in an English music hall-pub: "That's What You Jolly Well Get", while dressed in a Cockney uniform
    - the jive parody "The Dreamer" (a reprise, including the song "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair") performed by Ida Lupino, Olivia de Havilland (both in gingham dresses), and George Tobias (in a zoot suit)







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