Thank Your Lucky Stars
is a 1943 film
made by Warner Brothers
as a World War II
fundraiser. It was directed by David Butler
and starred Dennis Morgan
, Joan Leslie
, Edward Everett Horton
and S. Z. Sakall
The film was a musical with a slim plot, involving movie producers (Morgan and Sakall) uniting with a songwriter (Leslie) to find talent for a wartime charity program. Many of Warner Brothers stars performed in musical numbers, including several who were not known as singers. Each of the cast members was paid a $50,000 fee for their appearance which was then donated to the Hollywood Canteen.
The film was popular with audiences, and the critic James Agee called it "the loudest and most vulgar of the current musicals. It is also the most fun." Ticket sales combined with the donated salaries of the performers raised more than two million dollars for the Hollywood Canteen.
"Thank Your Lucky Stars" by Dinah Shore
"How Sweet You Are" by Dinah Shore.
"The Dreamer" by Dinah Shore, also performed as a reprise by Olivia de Havilland
, Ida Lupino
and George Tobias
"Love Isn't Born (It's Made)" by Ann Sheridan
"Ridin' For a Fall" by Dennis Morgan
and Joan Leslie
(dubbed by Sally Sweetland).
"Good Night, Good Neighbour" by Dennis Morgan with an accompanying dance by Alexis Smith
"Ice Cold Katie" by Hattie McDaniel
and Willie Best
"Goin' North" by Jack Carson
and Alan Hale
"They're Either Too Young, Or Too Old" by Bette Davis
, followed by a jitterbug
performance by Davis and a dance contest winner, Conrad Weidel.
"That's What You Jolly Well Get" by Errol Flynn
"No You, No Me" by Dennis Morgan and Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland).
"We're Staying Home Tonight" by Eddie Cantor
"Hotcha Cornia" by Spike Jones & His City Slickers
Other Cameo Appearances
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