Cinema: Smooth Sailing

LUCKY LADY

Directed by STANLEY DONEN

Screenplay by WILLARD HUYCK and GLORIA KATZ

For the past year or so, the rallying cry for most American film producers has been "entertainment." Hollywood is interested almost entirely in showing audiences a good time, recycling traditional plots and characters, concentrating on star quality. What is most eagerly sought after is the glistening surface and full-throttle frivolity that characterized Hollywood films of the 1930s.

Luxurious, sassy and a lot of fun, Lucky Lady is very much a movie of the times—both now and then. It is a wisecracking, softhearted romantic adventure in which the major characters seem modeled on...

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