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Lucky Partners (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 August 1940 (USA)
Two strangers share a sweepstakes ticket and then embark on an "imaginary" honeymoon with their "winnings".

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Allan Scott (screen play), John Van Druten (screen play) (as John van Druten) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... David Grant
Ginger Rogers ... Jean Newton
Jack Carson ... Freddie
Spring Byington ... Aunt
Cecilia Loftus ... Mrs. Sylvester
Harry Davenport ... Judge
Hugh O'Connell ... Niagara Clerk
Brandon Tynan ... Mr. Sylvester
Leon Belasco ... Nick #1
Eddie Conrad ... Nick #2 (as Edward Conrad)
Walter Kingsford ... Wendell
Lucile Gleason ... Ethel's Mother
Helen Lynd ... Ethel
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Storyline

As David Grant passes neighbor Jean Newton on the street in Greenwich Village, he impulsively wishes her good luck. Although she doesn't know him, she intuitively asks him to become her partner in an Irish Sweepstakes ticket. David agrees on the condition that she go on a world tour with him if they win the $150,000 prize as an "experiment." She reluctantly agrees over the initial objections of her oafish fiancé Fred, who agrees to hold the ticket. When it turns out that they have drawn a horse in the race, Fred urges them to sell the ticket for the $12,000 asking price, but they turn him down. Although their horse loses, Jean is furious to learn that Fred had sold her half of the ticket. Even though David doesn't know about it, she feels obligated to share the $6000 with him. After he buys her a car with her half, she agrees to a scaled-down version of their tour to Niagara Falls, where they register as brother and sister. What Jean doesn't know is that David is actually a famous ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Gaiety, laughter, originality and sprightly romantic adventures combine...modern, unconventional, completely entertaining

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Change Your Luck See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ginger Rogers turned down the role of Hildy Johnson (eventually played by Rosalind Russell) in the Howard Hawks comedy His Girl Friday (1940) so she could co-star with Ronald Colman in this movie. See more »

Goofs

After Colman finishes his cross examination of Rogers, he walks out-of-frame and she gets up and follows him off-screen. One second later she's back in the witness stand with him still cross-examining her. See more »

Quotes

David Grant: On marriage: That institution, like the Coliseum in Rome, is still standing, but it is certainly showing the ravages of time.
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Connections

Remake of Good Luck (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Wishing (Will Make It So)
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Buddy G. DeSylva
Played and sung on the radio
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Zero chemistry
8 April 2010 | by LIND77777-1See all my reviews

Archetypal screwball comedy, but lacking vitality. One expects a lot of enjoyment from a movie starring Ginger Rogers, Ronald Colman, and Jack Carson, with a fine supporting cast, and a plot involving the Irish Sweepstakes. However, one doesn't get it. Partly it's the age difference-- Colman was 48, a stretch for the part he was playing, Rogers was 29 and in her prime. The movie's theme is "opposites attract" but it didn't work--instead, there was just a total lack of chemistry.

There was a lot of charm in the courtroom scenes, with the endearing Harry Davenport as judge.

However, overall the film was unbearably slow-paced. Too bad, It could have been a comedy delight.


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