Happy Go Lucky (1943)


Happy Go Lucky (1943)

To land a rich husband, golddigger Marjory Stuart goes to Trinidad posing as a debutante. Beach boy Pete promptly unmasks her, but offers to help her catch his enemy, yachtsman Alfred Monroe. Marjory's pal Bubbles turns out to be the old flame of Pete's pal Wally. All the well-planned efforts to land Monroe end in slapstick; then Wally's voodoo priestess landlady gives him a love potion that works...
IMDb  6.0 /10
Director Curtis Bernhardt
Writer Michael Uris
Writer Walter DeLeon
Writer Norman Panama
Writer Melvin Frank
Writer Hans Jacoby
Writer Pamela Harris
Writer Arthur Phillips
Release Date1943-01-04
Runtime1h 21mins
GenreComedy, Musical, Romance
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
CompanyParamount Pictures
Marjory Stuart
Pete Hamilton
Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton
Bubbles Hennessy
Alfred Monroe
Mabel Paige
Mabel Paige
Mrs. Smith
Eric Blore
Eric Blore
Clem Bevans
Clem Bevans
Mr. Smith
Rita Christiani
Rita Christiani
Rita Christiani
Calypso Singer

Happy Go Lucky (1943 film)

Happy Go Lucky is a 1943 American comedy film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and written by Walter DeLeon, Melvin Frank, John Jacoby and Norman Panama. The film stars Mary Martin, Dick Powell, Betty Hutton, Eddie Bracken, Rudy Vallée, Mabel Paige and Eric Blore. The film was released on January 4, 1943, by Paramount Pictures. It might be best remembered now for Betty Hutton's energetic performance of the song "Murder, He Says," written by Frank Loesser and Jimmy McHugh.


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Seeking a rich husband, nightclub cigarette girl Marjory Stuart sets sail on a luxury liner, posing as a wealthy heiress. A passenger, Pete Hamilton, spots her as a phony after discovering her valuable bracelet is actually made of paste.

While his pal Wally Case deals with an irate Bubbles Hennessy, a singer who is suing him for breach of promise, Pete befriends Marjory and volunteers to help her find a suitable guy. He singles out Alfred Monroe, who is not very exciting but definitely well-off. Marjory goes to work on Alfred, but nothing she tries, from flattery to alcohol, makes him fall for her.

A voodoo priestess gives Wally a love potion. Skeptical at first, he and Pete try it on Alfred and it works. Alfred is now madly in love with Marjory and she accepts his proposal, causing Pete to feel a pang of jealousy. Before she can leave, Marjory's true identity's become known and the hotel demands that she pay her bill. Pete and Wally scheme to steal Bubbles's expensive brooch and raffle it off.

Bubbles uses the potion on Wally and gets him to the altar. Marjory, meanwhile, sails off for New York with her new beau, Alfred, who generously offers $2,000 to Pete for introducing him to his bride-to-be. A despondent Pete later is delighted to find Marjory waiting for him by herself, love potion in hand.


  • Mary Martin as Marjory Stuart
  • Dick Powell as Pete Hamilton
  • Betty Hutton as Bubbles Hennessy
  • Eddie Bracken as Wally Case
  • Rudy Vallée as Alfred Monroe
  • Mabel Paige as Mrs. Smith
  • Eric Blore as Betsman
  • Clem Bevans as Mr. Smith
  • Rita Christiani as Rita Christiani
  • Sir Lancelot as Calypso Singer