Lucky Star


Time Out says

With a prizewinning new score from Stuart Hancock, Borzage's long-lost wisp of a romance was made, like Blackmail, in both sound and silent versions (a silent print was rediscovered in the Netherlands Film Museum). It offers two fairytales for the price of one: while Gaynor's poor overburdened farm girl is given a Cinderella-like make-over by her seemingly platonic admirer Farrell, he in turn is abjuring his feelings for her, as the Beast did for Beauty, having come home a cripple from the Great War. His ultimate transformation, if taken literally, is hard to swallow these days; it's also far from clear what the villain of the piece thinks he's up to. Still, Borzage's romantic conception of love - as hard-won, shared innocence buffeting the world's ignorance and exploitation - is assuredly expressed, and the glancing realism of the war and family scenes gives it a firm grounding.

By: NB


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

Frank Borzage
Sonya Levien, Tristram Tupper, dialogue John Hunter Booth
Charles Farrell
Janet Gaynor
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Paul Fix
Hedwiga Reicher
Gloria Grey
Hector Sarno
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