Thank Your Lucky Stars

Synopsis: Two producers are putting together a Calvacade of Stars for a wartime charity show. Along with a list of well-knowns they promote the work of an unknown singer and songwriter.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): David Butler
Production: Warner Bros.
127 min

How's your love life?

Well, thank your lucky stars

Yes, thank your lucky stars

It's doing fine

Keep your love life

As sweet as candy bars

And thank your lucky stars

Like I thank mine

Everybody's living on less and less

But you're okay

You're such a big success, oh, yes

You've got your love life

And that's the only thing

They won't be rationing

They don't know how

So thank your lucky stars

Right now

Thank your lucky stars right now

Such a talent.

We must get her for the benefit.


- Lovely, Dinah, lovely.

- Thank you.

Have you met our guest for tonight?

- Oh, John Garfield?

- Yes.

- Oh, certainly. I've known Johnny for years.

- You have?


- Confidentially, I'm just a little bit worried.

- You are?

I've seen him in all those pictures,

but tell me, is he really that tough?

Tough? Oh, Don Wilson...

...John Garfield is the sweetest, mildest,

gentlest boy...'d ever wanna meet

in the whole world.



I'm warning you, Cantor.

Stop telling me what to do.

If we get out there and you cross me up,

I'm gonna flatten you.

I don't say that your way is wrong, only

if you'd stand on the right side of the mike...

- I'll stand where I stood.

- You'll be hiding my face.

Is that bad?

Now look, this is only a radio show.

You read your lines. I'll read mine.

- Don't fool around with that microphone.

- Fool around? Me? Cantor?

I never interfere with anything.

With me, it's strictly live and let live.

Now, get ready, John, because we go

right on. You know what I mean?

And here comes Eddie Cantor

with his guest star...

...that bad boy of Burbank,

John Garfield.

Well, what are you gonna do

for the folks, John?

Nothing. I ain't talking, see?

Not till I get paid.

Let's not argue over money.

How much you want?

- Five thousand bucks.

- Let's argue.

Garfield, I'll admit

you're a great dramatic actor.

In radio, you're helpless.

You can't tell jokes, don't sing.

Sing? Now, wouldn't that be cute?

Garfield singing a song.

Why, I could just picture it. I'm in the

death house. Waiting for the hot seat.

The reporters want the story of my life.

I ain't got time. I tell them:

It all began way back when...

My mama done told me

When I was in knee pants

My mama done told me, John

I'll never forget the day

my mama done told me.

Picked me up on her lap,

stroked my golden curls.

I was just 19 at the time and she said:

A woman's a two-face

A worrisome thing

Who'll leave you to sing

The blues in the night

Now the rain's a-fallin'

Now the train's a-callin'

A- hooey, da-hooey

It's a lot of hooey. I heard

a train whistle, see? So I blew town.

I met the rat

that started me on the road to crime.

Fish-eye Looey. I wanted to kill him.

I grabbed him by the throat.

I squeezed and squeezed.

I wanted to pay him

for making me an outlaw.

- Shunned by society. A stinker.

- John.

- Let go of me.

- But he got away.

From Natchez to Sing Sing

From Memphis to Alcatraz

Wherever the rock piles grow


I've been in the best jails

Why, sure, I've seen me the best frails

And just like my mama done told me,

I met a two-faced woman.

Two-Kisser Bessie was her name.

They was handy, those two faces.

She could crack a safe and

look out for the cops at the same time.

She was nuts about me till she fell

for another guy, Fish-eye Looey.

I wanted to knock him off, see?

I went to his hideout.

I broke down the door.

He wasn't there. I waited. I nabbed him.

- I squeezed and squeezed.

- John.

I squeezed harder and harder.

Suddenly, I hear the sirens: Whoo!

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Norman Panama

Norman Kaye Panama (April 21, 1914 – January 13, 2003) was an American screenwriter and film director born in Chicago, Illinois. He collaborated with a former schoolfriend, Melvin Frank, to form a writing partnership which endured for three decades. He also wrote gags for comedians such as Bob Hope's radio program and for Groucho Marx. The most famous films he directed were Li'l Abner (1959), the Danny Kaye film The Court Jester (1956), and the Bob Hope film How to Commit Marriage (1969). He wrote Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Road to Utopia (1946), and The Court Jester, among other movies. He won an Edgar Award for A Talent for Murder (1981), a play he co-wrote with Jerome Chodorov. Panama continued to write and direct through the 1980s. He died in 2003 in Los Angeles, California, aged 88, from complications of Parkinson's disease. more…

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