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Lucky Me (1954)

Doris Day , Robert Cummings , Jack Donohue  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Doris Day, Robert Cummings, Phil Silvers, Eddie Foy Jr., Nancy Walker
  • Directors: Jack Donohue
  • Writers: Frank Davis, Irving Elinson, James O'Hanlon, Robert O'Brien
  • Producers: Henry Blanke
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBLQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lucky Me" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage short "When the Talkies Were Young"
  • Oscar-nominated cartoon "Sandy Claws"
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Doris Day was nearing the end of her incredibly hard-working Warner Bros. contract when she made Lucky Me, a lighter-than-air confection with a showbiz backdrop. Doris is part of a shoestring song-and-dance troupe, marooned in a Miami hotel after defaulting on a tab. Wouldn't you know it, famed songwriter Robert Cummings is also at the hotel, and he needs a leading lady for his new musical. But first, there's some labored romance as Cummings pretends to be a humble auto mechanic, thus gumming up his chances when romance blooms. That's a thin plot even by the standards of Warners musicals, but Lucky Me gets a boost in the form of CinemaScope, which was still a newfangled widescreen process. Two numbers, especially, shine in the widescreen treatment: the opener, "The Superstition Song," which takes Doris along a few backlot city blocks as she avoids the bad-luck traps awaiting her; and "I Speak to the Stars," a daffy fantasy number set somewhere above planet Earth. The other members of Day's troupe are Phil Silvers, Eddie Foy Jr., and pint-sized Nancy Walker, all of whom trail the aroma of old vaudeville. This is not a memorable movie, but Day was nevertheless at her early-phase twinkliest, and you can see why audiences loved her. --Robert Horton

Product Description

The star of a third-rate theatrical troupe in Miami catches the attention of a Broadway songwriter.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lucky" for Us - Doris Day is in this PIcture! May 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Even though when Doris Day marched into Jack Warner's office to protest the script of "Lucky Me", little did she know that her fans would love this picture and cherish it for decades.
I can understand her concern. She had just come off the great success of "Calamity Jane" which had been an Oscar winner and Day had had a tremendous hit record with "Secret Love".
After being convinced that she should do the picture, she decided to give her performance 110% even though she was in ill health. And, what a performance it is! With able support from Phil Silvers, Nancy Walker, Martha Hyer and Eddie Foy, Jr. and a terrific co-star in Robert Cummings, she was delightful as "Candy Williams" a stranded-in-Florida showgirl with dreams of Broadway stardom.
Miss Day performed , or was involved in all of the musical numbers in the film, most notably, "Love You Dearly", "Bluebells of Broadway", "I Speak to the Stars" (a Day record hit) and the showstopping, "I Wanna Sing Like an Angel".
Phil Silvers was "Sgt. Bilko" and Nancy Walker was "Ida Morgenstern" and Eddie Foy, Jr. was "Hindsey" from "Pajama Game". In short, they were playing their most famous roles.
Doris Day's opening number was a true star performance. Only she could get away with singing her head off, bouncing down the Miama streets singing "The Supersitition Song". Truly great.
The film moves along nicely and has no lags, thanks to the director, Jack Donahue, who kept things bouncy. The color is bright and the actors work well together.
See this one and don't forget the popcorn.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's your "Lucky" Day! June 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
LUCKY ME is one of the lesser musicals which Doris Day lent her talents to. It was also one of the last films she made under her Warners contract. The score reunited her with "Calamity Jane" tunesmiths Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster.

Day plays a young actress called Candy Williams, stuck in a second-string touring revue, 'Parisian Pretties'. When the troupe is stranded in Miami after failing to pay a restaurant bill, Candy catches the attention of Broadway composer Dick Carson (Bob Cummings). With the usual premise of mixed identities and comic hijinks, the story bubbles away to the delight of audiences.

The score includes several gems including "The Superstition Song" (a gangbusters opening number for Doris), "High Hopes", "The Bluebells of Broadway", and "I Speak to the Stars". Day shares the screen with some of the most talented musical comedy vets (Nancy Walker, Phil Silvers and Eddie Foy Jr.). A pure joy.

The new DVD includes the vintage short "When the Talkies Were Young", the Oscar-nominated cartoon "Sandy Claws", plus the requisite trailer.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lucky" for us, it stars DORIS!! September 8, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"Lucky Me" was the next to last film under Doris Day's Warner Brothers contract. Although she has stated that she didn't believe in the project to the same extent that she'd believed in some of her prior films, you'd not know it while watching her performance.
While far from the best film made during her seven years on the Burbank lot, Miss Day is a delight. In technicolor and wide screen (The first musical to be so filmed), she looks a treat. Her performance is filled with spunk, vitality, exuberance and that unmistakable "Doris Day" glow that never seems forced or contrived. From the first moment we see her bouncing down the street letting loose with "The Superstition Song", we are sold. There's not a false moment in her performance. Her comic skills are given a chance to delight us, even if the script might not be as fresh as we might like. Vocally, she runs the gamut from the lovely "I Speak to the Stars" to "The Bluebells of Broadway". She gives every song the full treatment, again dispelling any displeasure she might have personally felt about this picture.
The cast work well together. Bob Cummings gives the same kind of smooth performance he gave opposite another blonde star, Betty Grable, a decade or so earlier. He seems ageless. Phil Silvers shows he can play more than Sgt. Bilko, and Nancy Walker, years before she started selling paper towels, reminds us of her musical-comedy roots. Eddie Foy, Jr., is amusing and Martha Hyer, who later married famed producer Hal Wallis and wrote (uncredited) the screenplay for the 1975 teaming of John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn, "Rooster Cogburn" is pretty window dressing.
The plot about a troupe of "down on their luck" performers, is not new.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Day November 16, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
"Lucky Me" stands out as a unique film for two reasons. First, it was the first musical to be filmed in CinemaScope. Second, Doris filmed it while she was on the mend of nervous exhustion. To see Miss Day's breezy and carefree performance, one would never guess that she was having to muster every ounce of available energy just to get through the filming. She so stated in her autobiography, "Doris Day: Her Own Story." Doris is a much underestimated performer who made her work seem so effortless. In this film, Miss Day demonstrates that against all odds, she gives a completely charming and gratifing performance. She is supported by Bob Cummings, Phil Harris and the hilarious Nacy Walker. This film improves with each viewing as you admire Doris Day, a true artist, at work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LUVED THE FILM BUT NO ON THE DVD......WHY?
i loved this film but will not buy the dvd. this dvd is one of the worst offenders in the release format. the original release format was 35 mm with an aspect ratio of 2:55. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bob Wyler
3.0 out of 5 stars More Fluffy Stuff from Warners
The music is way better than the plot. It's escapism, especially for fans of Day. Has a few very funny scenes.
Published 5 months ago by musiclover
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great film by any means
Doris Day did not want to make this film complaining that she was exhausted and that the script was weak. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Roger Farnham
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Top Film, but Very Entertaining
If you can't take standard musical comedy fare, if you are turned off by schtick, if the name Doris Day means nothing to you, if the singing style of the big band day when DD was... Read more
Published 18 months ago by drkhimxz
3.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Me - the movie
This is not a noteworthy musical. Indeed, it is saved only by the singing and dancing of Doris Day. Phil Silvers is on hand with his loud and zany humour. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr. H. A. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable because of Doris
Well, there's a reason "Lucky Me" is one of Doris' least-remembered pictures; it's a featherweight comedy that is pretty much instantly forgettable apart from the presence of Doris... Read more
Published 21 months ago by octobercountry
1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of junk.
This film was out of date when it was made and released. Bad comedy, below average musical score, it falls totally flat. Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by sunset-steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun classic Doris Day
This is so classically fun Doris Day. She's surrounded by some of the best performers in the business all doing what they do best, puttin' on a good show while Doris Day hits... Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Funefoleyartist
4.0 out of 5 stars "Men who pick up rusty pins marry girls with double chins"
So, okay, this isn't the best Doris Day film ever. But Doris Day always had a certain quality about her, a sense of warmth and that girl-next-door cool, that I never felt my time... Read more
Published on February 25, 2010 by H. Bala
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional value
This is one of those lesser known Doris Day movies, but one that is exceptionally well put together with a stellar cast. Read more
Published on March 27, 2009 by M. Howard
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