|My Lucky Star|
|Directed by||Roy Del Ruth|
|Produced by||Darryl F. Zanuck|
|Written by|| Karl Tunberg |
|Screenplay by||Harry Tugend|
|Based on||They Met in Chicago|
|Starring|| Sonja Henie |
|Music by||Louis Silvers|
|Cinematography||John J. Mescall|
|Edited by||Allen McNeil|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
My Lucky Star is a 1938 romantic comedy film. This was Norwegian ice-skating Olympic champion Sonja Henie's fourth film.
George Cabot Jr. (Cesar Romero), the son of a department store owner, enrolls the store's sports clerk Krista Nielsen (Sonja Henie) at a university to use her as an advertisement for their fashion department.
George is trying to pay off cabaret singer Marcelle La Verne, who wants to annul their brief elopement. Marcelle threatens to name Krista as a co-respondent in her lawsuit. Krista has fallen for Larry Taylor at the college, where a skating exhibition lands her on the cover of Life magazine.
The film was originally called They Met in College and started in April 1938.In March Richard Greene was signed to be her leading man.
Rehearsals started in April with over 300 ballet skaters.Buddy Ebsen was borrowed from MGM.
In April the title was changed to My Lucky Star.
20th Century Fox found this the easiest of Henie's films to make to date.s o
The film went six days over schedule.
Filmink summaried it as having a "Silly story. Poor male lead – Greene acts like an army officer doing amateur theatricals. Great skating."
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