25 December 2013 | mart-45
Mishmash with some class
Nothing with Heester in it can be utterly bad. But even his luminous presence doesn't redeem every feature. Luck With Ladies is mediocre, marred by the story line, which takes off well but turns into a hopeless mishmash that comes off as plain ludicrous, making you wish Jopie would finally start singing. He is sporting a nice beard, which is quite unusual and makes him appear strangely modern and sexy. His acting shows moments of relaxed brilliance; as for his singing he doesn't have much do show (two musical numbers and no real hit songs). Herta Mayen in her first starring role does what most of the pretty German actresses of the era did: makes a frantic effort to look unbearably cute. She succeeds. Otherwise she is very charming, sings well and moves with grace, but one can understand why she didn't become quite the A-level star and why she disappeared from the screen just a few years later.
The film is nicely shot and well directed, the mandatory grand finale is a typical showstopper with scantily clad girls and sailors; both Heesters and Mayen look especially charming. It's a pity, that the writers did such a poor job and that the composer was unable to turn out some good hits - it's one of the very few Heesters films that didn't feature a top ten hit of the year.