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My Lucky Star [VHS]

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Sonja Henie, Richard Greene, Joan Davis, Cesar Romero, Buddy Ebsen
  • Directors: Roy Del Ruth
  • Writers: Don Ettlinger, Harry Tugend, Jack Yellen, Karl Tunberg
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Harry Joe Brown
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302989701
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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My Lucky Star [VHS]

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Format: VHS Tape
MY LUCKY STAR 1938 was one of Sonja Henie`s biggest hits. In addition to her wonderful displays on ice, Joan Davis made a great and wonderful comic impact as Henie`s roomie. In addition, Fox cast British import Richard Greene as Henie`s loveinterest, Billy Gilbert for comic relief and Buddy Ebsen for some dancin`a n d comic turns as well. I have always wondered about the fuss made of the Astaire-Rogers films at RKO in the 30s. The Astaire at MGM was much better. So for the 30s, the Sonja Henie films are those I would reckomend. They are truly great thanks to glossy production values and great supporting casts...
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This is a real holiday confection, with an all-star cast - Sonja Henie, Richard Greene, Cesar Romero, Joan Davis and Buddy Ebsen. Roy del Ruth is at the helm and naturally delivers plenty. The musicalnumbers are out of this world and the comedy of Joan Davis hilarious and not A BIT DATED. The jet-set aura is perfect and it`s Hollywood at its most Hollywood. No wonder Sonja was Fox`s box-office queen with the young Shirley Temple.
It`s one of the very best musicals of the 30s.
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This is a charming film based on a story written by academy award nominee, Karl Tunberg. It features Sonja Heine as the charming young girl who gets mistaken for a wealthy playboy's mistress. In order to dissuade the tongues that wag, the playboy's company sends her to University to model their clothes for the young college girls. While there she meets a very handsome co-ed portrayed by Richard Greene. Both lead actors have been forgotten somewhat, but their charm lives on in this film. It also features Ceasar Romero in a very young role and the comic relief of Arthur Treacher. It makes for a likeable film. There is only one scene that is somewhat disturbing and that is two men who mistakenly end up kissing under the mistletoe. But other than that, it makes for a nice film to watch at home.
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The amazing elegance of this film teaches us that we have lost style, integrity, dignity.
The film transports us into a kind of innocence that we had as children and an optimism that is so truly American.
Henie single handedly turned figure skating into a fine art. Her films should always be re-issued into whatever format is technologically current as they are true classics. I also appreciated the very prompt despatch of this item.
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It isn't Sonja Henie I like so much - it's the men that she is paired with in her movies that make them enjoyable today. By today's standards, her skating is rather pedestrian and certainly not up to the calibre of today's skaters. Her acting isn't much to write home about, either. Oh - but the good looking men! My Lucky Star is probably her least-known film because it didn't pair her with one of Fox's more well know leading men (Richard Greene, best know for a Robin Hood TV series from the 1950s and a few Shirley Temple movies). Well unknown or not, he sure was a handsome guy. And so were her other leading men, especially John Payne. Perhaps Fox is dragging it's feet when it comes to putting her films on DVD because they think - 1. there's no market and 2. they are in black and white and no one wants a movie in black and white (oh, but we do!). Hopefully Fox will see their way into releasing these films as "video on demand", the way that Warner Brothers markets their older, and maybe less popular films.
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Those Sonja Henie films! Definitely not for everyone. The best are light hearted, fast moving and tuneful and the worst are - well, let's just say "My Lucky Star" is one of the worst. Henie was a poor actress and the directors had to work around it. In this one, Roy Del Ruth uses a lot of close ups of Henie delivering her lines to the camera then editing the footage into the scene. Even the editing is clumsy and there are some poor process shots. Henie's ability on ice is unquestioned and there are a few good skating sequences but the songs are generally unmemorable, except maybe "Could you Pass in Love" delivered by Joan Davis and Buddy Ebsen. Two of the songs are delivered by anonymous tenors. Henie's leading man is Englishman, Richard Greene, who was getting the build-up at this time (1938) by 20th Century Fox but can neither sing nor dance. He is certainly handsome but has no chemistry with Henie and plays much too seriously for such light weight material. Mind you, the screenplay is pathetic, so who can blame him. The story is some nonsense about a shop girl who is sent to college to promote a line of clothing and becomes involve in divorce proceedings. Yep, that's the dismal basis on which to hang some dreadful college shenanigans. Cesar Romero is along for the ride and is shrill and charmless, quite an achievement really when Romero was usually very charming. Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee) also appears and is completely wasted. Even the hair and make up of the woman in this one is poor - Henie looks pasty and Hovick fussy. Maybe the only redeeming feature is Joan Davis who has a few good lines and works overtime to add some zest to the proceedings.

The film has been released in the Fox Cinema Archives collection which means it is a DVD-R with no extras, no scene selection, no nothing - expensive too. The print does not retain the clarity of the best of Fox. Pass on this one!
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