Lucky Partners

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Overview

Lewis Milestone directs the lightweight romantic comedy Lucky Partners, based on a story by Sacha Guitry. David Grant (Ronald Colman) is an artist in New York's Greenwich Village. After he wishes good luck to passing ingenue Jean Newton (Ginger Rogers), she is immediately offered a beautiful dress. Thinking that David is lucky, she agrees to go in with him on a ticket for the Irish Sweepstakes. Their horse wins the race, and he asks her to accompany her to Niagara Falls to celebrate their winnings. Jean's fiancé,...
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Overview

Lewis Milestone directs the lightweight romantic comedy Lucky Partners, based on a story by Sacha Guitry. David Grant (Ronald Colman) is an artist in New York's Greenwich Village. After he wishes good luck to passing ingenue Jean Newton (Ginger Rogers), she is immediately offered a beautiful dress. Thinking that David is lucky, she agrees to go in with him on a ticket for the Irish Sweepstakes. Their horse wins the race, and he asks her to accompany her to Niagara Falls to celebrate their winnings. Jean's fiancé, Freddie Harper (Jack Carson), is not pleased about the arrangement, so he follows them. Eventually Jean and David fall for each other and they end up in the courthouse, where the judge ($Harry Davenport) sorts everything out in favor of the new couple. Lucky Partners was released in 1940, the same year Rogers gave her Oscar-winning performance in Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Any film that features Ronald Colman and Ginger Rogers in a lighthearted romance ought to turn out better than Lucky Partners, an innocuous but hardly memorable little time filler. Of course, really good frivolous comedies are much harder to pull off than they look. Partners has a ridiculous premise, but it's also the kind of premise that in the right, deft hands could turn into charming, captivating trifle. Unfortunately, Partners doesn't have the right hands, in either the directing or the writing. Lewis Milestone, of course, directed some truly fine pictures, but his forte really wasn't a bonbon like this, and he doesn't bring the appropriate sense of style to the material; more crucially, he doesn't seem to really BELIEVE in the story, and that's much more of a problem. For their part, the writers don't seem to know exactly what kind of story they want to tell, with the result that the film switches gears rather too often and its parts don't fit together. That leaves Colman and Rogers and "fifth wheel" Jack Carson to carry the picture, and they do an admirable job. Colman and Rogers don't have a great deal of chemistry, but they have panache and know-how to spare, and Carson, along with reliable Spring Byington, make the most of what they have. It's just too bad that nobody had more to work with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2011
  • UPC: 883316287385
  • Original Release: 1940
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,086

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Colman David Grant
Ginger Rogers Jean Newton
Jack Carson Freddie Harper
Spring Byington Aunt Lucy
Cecilia Loftus Mrs. Sylvester
Harry Davenport Judge
Hugh O'Connell Niagara Clerk
Brandon Tynan Mr. Sylvester
Leon Belasco Nick I
Walter Kingsford Wendell
Lucille Gleason Ethel's Mother
Helen Lynd Ethel
Dorothy Adams Maid in Apartment
Murray Alper Bellboy
William Benedict Bellboy
Harlan Briggs Mayor
Nora Cecil Clubwoman
Eddie Conrad Nick II
Edgar Dearing Desk Sergeant
Robert Dudley Bailiff
Tom Dugan Spieler
Fern Emmett Hotel Maid
Billy Gilbert Charles
Charles Halton Newspaperman
Al Hill Motor Cop
Otto Hoffman Clerk
Dick Hogan Bellboy
Olin Howland Tourist
Lloyd Ingraham Chamber of Commerce Member
Tommy Mack Joseph
Alex Melesh Art Salesman
Frank Mills Bus Driver
Jane Patten Bride
Benny Rubin Spieler Number 1
Grady Sutton Reporter
Dorothy Vernon Woman on Bus
Max Wagner Waiter
George Watts Plainclothesman
Gayne Whitman Voice Only
Allen Wood Bellboy
Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director
Harry Berman Editor
Mel Burns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Harry E. Edington Executive Producer
Sacha Guitry Original Story
George Haight Producer
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Argyle Nelson Asst. Director
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
John van Druten Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects
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