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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

In the scene where Jean is on the phone to David at night, she trips over the telephone chord, falls to the floor and begins to laugh. This was accidental, Ginger rogers did in fact trip over the chord, but the director chose to keep this in as it added to Jean's excitement of going out with David. 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: [Opening lines after passin Jean on the street] Good luck!
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Soundtracks

Jarabe tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance)
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Roy Webb
Played as part of the score
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Two Big Stars, Too Little Else
31 October 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Passing her on a street in Greenwich Village prompts gentlemanly artist Ronald Colman (as David Grant) to wish beautiful black-haired Ginger Rogers (as Jean Newton) "good luck" for, as he says, "no particular reason." A few minutes later, Ms. Rogers is gifted with an pretty new dress. She thinks it's because Mr. Colman wished her luck, and proposes they buy a sweepstakes (lottery) ticket together. Despite an age difference, the "Lucky Partners" are attracted to each other, and Rogers agrees to take a honeymoon-style trip with Colman if their ticket wins. This doesn't sit well with Rogers' fiancé Jack Carson (as Freddie Harper). No kidding.

**** Lucky Partners (8/2/40) Lewis Milestone ~ Ronald Colman, Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson, Spring Byington


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