- Acting of Lead Performers
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Music, comedy, a little romance. I really liked Leslie here.
Great Film to Own: Historic & Comedic
The best part of this all star WWII variety show that has a plot is the segment when Bette Davis is given the star treatment. She's been asked to sing and dance! Davis could dance but not like Rita Hayworth! She could sing, but not like Judy Garland. Davis was a character actor. That she agreed to the scene's her way of being generous and a very good sport. Behind the scenes there's a story: The guy who's going to jitterbug with her's an expert. Davis told him to forget she's Bette Davis and treat her as any woman he'd asked to dance. That's what the guy did. Flinging Davis from 1 of his sides to another she's vertical to the floor in a ball gown! While slinging her at break-neck speed music, her knee hits the hardwood floor. Davis really limps out of the club scene to the car that brought her. She's really breathless in the act and very glad that scene's over! They didn't rehearse so it'd be real. That's Davis' trademark.
A patriot who cared
When soldiers of WWII were going through the horrors of war, a tiny woman with a big conscience came up with the bright idea to give them a break, Hollywood style. That lady was Miss Bette Davis. She originated, organized and operated the Hollywood Canteen. "Thank Your Lucky Stars" is a film about the canteen that's loaded with patriotic performers. Even Roy Rogers' horse Trigger performed "for the boys," when they we home on leave. The film's about a film being made by the all star cast. One of the fun things about it is that most of the performers do what they are not known for doing best. So if a person isn't a dancer, they dance. One who's not a singer sings. But there is a plot to the film about the film that's cute.
Davis & Garfield Throw Quite a Show
Who but Bette Davis had the influence to draw Hollywood's finest into a patriotic WWII benefit performance that lastest much longer than this film? Then, the US Govt. dared hound to death Garfield, the pen-ultimate patriot as if a communist? 'Johnny', as Bette calls him, stars as the manager of the Hollywood Canteen, while Bette's in the background doing the paperwork. While Johnny's scheming to help G.I. slim win a jackpot, Eddie Cantor's being hilariously tortured to keep him from being a control freak producer of the show within the film! Davis is gutsy enough to sing & dance.
Desire to Give
It must've been trying for Hollywood's premiere performers to stay on the US homefront, let alone keep entertaining during WWII. Bette Davis had a great gift for wanting to give of herself to others in need. The Hollywood Canteen was her idea & labor of love. This film is about an all star comedy film being made the Canteen. Davis and Garfield joined arms to round up their performing peers to do homeland shows and mingle with the GIs. Davis' act, singing & danceing to, "They're either too young of too old," to reassure the guys overseas, is given star treatment.
Thank your lucky stars
- Mike Hager
This is a labor of love from Hollywood's greatest generation. Music and lyrics by Mercer, Schwartz, Loesser and Arlen set the tone for radio-era comic dialog and screwball plot, held together by Eddie Cantor, who plays a dual role reminiscent of the Nutty Professor but funnier. A treasure of cameos includes singing by Ann Sheridan, vaudeville by Jack Carson. This will entertain the troops.