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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Doris Day was nearing the end of her incredibly hard-working Warner Bros. contract when she madeLucky 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, butLucky Megets 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