If I'm Lucky

If I'm Lucky

Director: Lewis Seiler

Cast: Lewis Seiler, Perry Como, Harry James, Carmen Miranda

     
 

The second of Perry Como's two starring vehicles for 20th Century-Fox, If I'm Lucky is an easygoing remake of 1937's Thanks a Million. Como plays the old Dick Powell role as Allan Clark, an entertainer who is maneuvered into politics by conniving manager Wally (Phil Silvers, in the role originated by Fred Allen). It all begins when Clark, hired to appearSee more details below

Overview

The second of Perry Como's two starring vehicles for 20th Century-Fox, If I'm Lucky is an easygoing remake of 1937's Thanks a Million. Como plays the old Dick Powell role as Allan Clark, an entertainer who is maneuvered into politics by conniving manager Wally (Phil Silvers, in the role originated by Fred Allen). It all begins when Clark, hired to appear at a political rally for bibulous gubernatorial candidate Magonnagie (Edgar Buchanan), wins the hearts of the voters. One thing leads to another, and before long Clark himself is on the way to the governor's chair. With a newly acquired set of scruples, the singer-politico publicly reveals that his backers are crooks, but wins the election all the same! Though the satirical edge of Thanks a Million is muted in the remake, the musical numbers by Perry Como and costar Vivian Blaine help to take up the slack.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's hard to get more mediocre than If I'm Lucky, a musical remake of Thanks a Million that is relatively easy enough to sit through but which fails to make much of an impression. The original satirical thrust of Million is diluted in Lucky, and making the main character a radio star who, at least partially, gets involve din this mess to lure listeners, doesn't wash. It might if the part were written to be played in a zany and "way out" style and if it were then cast with someone other than the blandly personable Perry Como. But that is decidedly not the case, and so one watches and wonders why the filmmakers didn't either take a different route with their star or cast a different type for the picture. Como sounds great, of course, but he just doesn't have a magnetic cinema personality. Vivian Blaine comes off better, and Harry James is fun as long as he's surrounded by music. Carmen Miranda brings zest and energy, but her big solo cried out for color. And none of the musical performers have been given a song that is in the least bit distinguished. Phil Silvers gets a great deal of laughs, despite the fact that most of his jokes are weak, which says something about the man's ability.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
UPC:
0024543520054
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:19:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; Still photo galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Perry Como Allen Clark
Harry James Earl Gordon
Carmen Miranda Michelle O'Toole
Phil Silvers Wally
Edgar Buchanan Magonnagle
Reed Hadley Conklin
Harry Hayden Governor Quilby
Harry V. Cheshire Gargan
William Halligan Bixby
Frank Fenton Dwyer
Lewis L. Russell Gillingwater
Charles Tannen Secretary
Charles Wilson Police Captain
George Davis Waiter
Frank Ferguson Statistician
H. James & Music Themselves
Edward Keane Golfer
Kay Connors Secretary
Vivian Blaine Linda

Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
George Bricker Screenwriter
Norman Colbert Editor
Robert Ellis Screenwriter
Bryan Foy Producer
Helen Logan Screenwriter
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Snag Werris Screenwriter
Kenneth Williams Choreography

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Scene Index

Disc #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:20]
2. False Alarm [4:01]
3. Free Hot Dogs and Beer [2:35]
4. Follow the Band [4:24]
5. Jim Clark's Boy [1:29]
6. If I'm Lucky [1:30]
7. Show Business [2:56]
8. If I'm Lucky (Reprise) [2:49]
9. Straw Man [1:56]
10. Slinging Mud [2:44]
11. Throw the Rascals Out [1:48]
12. One More Kiss [2:43]
13. Who, Me? [1:04]
14. Bet your Bottom Dollar [3:08]
15. Allen Clark for Governor [5:17]
16. Concentrating on Defeat [3:30]
17. One More Vote [1:51]
18. Mr. Titan Tire [:40]
19. The Batucada [1:49]
20. Common Crooks [3:30]
21. Off the Team [2:16]
22. On the Bus [5:34]
23. Graft and Loot [2:08]
24. Three Cheers! [2:54]
25. Chapter 25 [2:55]
26. Chapter 26 [3:09]
27. Chapter 27 [1:49]
28. Chapter 28 [2:39]
29. Chapter 29 [3:58]
30. Chapter 30 [:00]

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