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Lucky Partners (1940)

Ronald Colman , Ginger Rogers , Lewis Milestone  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ronald Colman, Ginger Rogers, Spring Byington, Jack Carson, Cecilia Loftus
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RKO
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P8R9OS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Critic Bosley Crowther of The New York Times made it known moviegoers were in luck with Lucky Partners. Likening the film to fine champagne, he wrote: "It belongs to approximately the same vintage as The Awful Truth and My Favorite Wife...a comedy that is dry and sparkling and bubbles till the last drop." Ginger Rogers and Ronald Colman are the effervescent partnership, strangers who share the cost of a sweepstakes ticket. The catch: she'll go on a platonic honeymoon with him if they win. The result: their ticket pays off. So away the two go, with her suspicious fuddy-duddy fiancé (Jack Carson), myriad complications and, of course, Cupid trailing. Uncork the fun!

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Rogers & Ronald Colman--what a combination! January 28, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I don't want to give away the plot for this wonderful film, so I'll just comment on how good it is! Jack Carson gives great support (as usual) to the stars, Ginger Rogers & Ronald Colman, in this well crafted romantic comedy. Filmed in 1941, it was sort of an in-between film for both Ginger & Ronald (Kitty Foyle, 1940 for Rogers & Random Harvest, 1942 for Colman), but don't think for a minute that the stars didn't give it all they had--they were both at top form. Obviously, I wholeheartedly disagree with Leonard Maltin's somewhat disparaging remarks.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Charm April 5, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Lucky Partners is a long neglected little treasure. Director Lewis Milestone gave this film a light touch to match a warm and humorous story and the lilting charms of its two stars, Ronald Colman and Ginger Rogers. They are wonderful together in this film.

When David Grant (Colman) wishes good luck to passerby Jean Newton (Rogers) for no particular reason at all, things immediately start to go her way. So she cooks up a plan to split a racing ticket that's a million-to-one shot with caricature artist Grant, thinking she might just win. Grant's one stipulation, however, is that Jean go on a sort of honeymoon with him should they win, even though she already has a fiance!

Jean balks, of course, but Grant charms both she and her fiance, Freddie (Jack Carson), into this experiment, as he calls it, and it isn't long before the two find themselves falling in love. The disarming charm of Rogers and Colman and the warmth Milestone ellicits from the story Bonnie Chance by Sacha Guitry carry this film with ease.

A dark haired Ginger and the suave Colman have a nice chemistry and there are some truly magic moments in this film. Colman carrying Rogers over the "Threshold to Whatever You Want" at the request of an older couple and a courtroom scene in which David and Jean question each other on the witness stand about everything and nothing immediately come to mind.

Spring Byington as Ginger's aunt and Harry Davenport as the old judge more than a little smitten and protective of Jean enhance an already delightful film. A nice score from Dimitri Tiomkin creates just the right mood at the right time in this very special film from the 1940's you'll enjoy a lot.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful movie! August 13, 2011
By hem78
Format:DVD
I had to post an opposing (positive) review for "Lucky Partners", as I love this film! Sure, the story would likely never happen in real life, but it's a movie, and it's fun. Ronald Colman's good-humored charm and Ginger Rogers' peppy cheerfulness -- basically, what we love about each of them (as seen in so many of their roles) -- make the film a delight and the protagonists worthy of affection. And the supporting actors are great: Jack Carson, as the jealous fiancé, and Spring Byington, as the dotty aunt, are particularly memorable, and Harry Davenport makes an appearance, too. So, if you love the charming, witty, sweet, slightly zany films of the 1930s-40s (like "Holiday", "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town", "The Thin Man", etc.), or if you love Colman and/or Rogers, you should enjoy this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Partners November 7, 2011
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I love Ronald Colman and Ginger Rogers and together they were a smash at least for me. I love old black and white movies, they are much cleaner and funnier and it's as if they were really in love. In todays times if you took out all the nude and sex, you would only have a 20 minute movie and they fall in love after having sex. I like the innocent of falling in love. In this movies Ronald passes Ginger in the street and simply says "Good Luck" where many say "Hello" he changes it up a bit and catches her attention. Ginger goes on her way and someone gives her a beautiful gown. Then she gets the idea to get Ronald to go in with her on a sweep stake ticket. He agrees only if he can take her on a trip with his part of the money. The name on their ticket is picked for the runners up, which her boyfriend decides to sell her half of the ticket. She sees that it is only right to give Ronald half of her sale of the ticket and they go on a trip, fall in love and end up in court with her now ex boyfriend. Funny and delightful and worth watching again and again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great Ginger Rogers film October 27, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
fresh off her Astaire-Rogers phenomenon, and after her incredible success as Ellie-May Adams in Primrose Path, Miss Ginger Rogers gives another wonderfully wonderful performance. She and Coleman have more than wonderful chemistry together, him with his formalness, and her informal charm. Some say her hair was too dark in this film, but I must disagree. It goes to show, that despite the hair color, Ginger was a really wonderful actress. This point is often overlooked, but she didn't win an Oscar for "Kitty Foyle" for nothing. Afterall, it's not the hair, but her INCREDIBLE eyes that work so well. (This goes for every single picture she's in) Ginger had the most incredible, most expressive eyes to ever grace hollywood. She could talk through her eyes, if you cover up the sound and the rest of the face and leave only her eyes, you can tell everything that she is saying. Anyway, back to the picture. It's interesting to note that "lucky partners" is actually very racy for 1940. The whole point of the movie is that Ginger goes on a "honeymoon" with Ronald Coleman, even though she is engaged to jack carson. Also in the apartment, we see Rogers lying face on her bed is a very suggestive position. One of the most touching point in the film is when he carries her off to "the threshhold of whatever you want" while in his arms, and while still walking, he kisses her. Their sensational chemistry really makes this moment work. Afterwards, Ginger's eyes reflect everything and more that just happened. Later, at the end of the film, is where the censors of the day had problems. They state that Ronald Coleman made love to Ginger. Usually they mean kissing, but they specifically say "you kissed this women, and made love to her" there is no getting around it, they mean sex. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was just what I wanted.
Published 28 days ago by Peter J Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars What at first seems like an unlikely pairing between the distinguished...
What at first seems like an unlikely pairing between the distinguished Ronald Colman and a young Ginger Rogers works and the romantic comedy's amusing plot leads to fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Carson is also in the film and the grouping is a nice combo. It's...
This is a really enjoyable pairing with Ronald Colman and Ginger Rogers. Jack Carson is also in the film and the grouping is a nice combo. Read more
Published 2 months ago by VintageMovieLover
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Era of Hollywood
In the '30's and '40's before super special effects, I believe actors and actresses had to be better at their skill in order to make their points on film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arthur Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming comedy!
The film "Lucky Partners" is one of my favorites. I just love the story-line, it's romantic and rousing, some episodes are funny. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pairing, Colman great as always
The first two thirds of the film are top notch, but it loses a little steam at the end. The premise is already covered here so I'll just focus on the stars. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Ginocchio
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and fun to watch!
This is one of my favorite classic movies! It is different from so many that were made from that era! I love these two together!
Published 10 months ago by Lanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful classic film!
A lovely story with two of my favorite actors--Ronald Coleman and Ginger Rogers. A lovely treat, Ginger is great whether dancing or not. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nancy Dimeler Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Rogers is more than a dancer
What a fun movie this is! Ronald Coleman sees Ginger Rogers walking down the street and wishes her good luck. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Rogers Fan
Typical quality for the DVD-R black and white movies. No glitches playing the DVD; sound and movie were acceptable, even good considering how old these movies are. Read more
Published 15 months ago by OverTheHill
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