The Nostromo Files Investigates…”You Are My Lucky Star”

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“You are my lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky…”  With these words, Ripley sets off the rollercoaster ride of ALIEN’s final act, giving shell-shocked viewers one last edge-of-their-seats moment.

Ripley watches with horror as the Alien emerges from its hiding place.

According to movie legend, Sigourney Weaver came up with the idea of Ripley singing “You Are My Lucky Star” as she prepares to flush it out from its hiding place.

Weaver chose lyrics from the chorus of the song, wonderful words of love that belie the dark relationship between Ripley and the Big Chap:

You are my lucky star
I saw you from afar
Two lovely eyes at me
They where gleaming
Beaming
I was starstruck
You’re all my lucky charms
I’m lucky in your arms
You’ve opened Heaven’s portal
Here on earth for this poor mortal
You are my lucky…

Songwriters: Arthur Freed / Nacio Brown / Nacio Herb Brown. You Are My Lucky Star lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

The song “You Are My Lucky Star” is an old tune, written by the collaborative duo of Arthur Freed (lyrics) and Nacio Herb Brown (music) in 1935 for the film Broadway Melody of 1936.

Lobby card for ‘Broadway Melody of 1936’.

The song gained popularity when it was featured in the 1952 MGM movie Singin’ In the Rain (Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds). In the context of the movie, the song is performed at the climactic moment when Don (Gene Kelly) publicly reveals a big secret at great personal sacrifice, and also his love for Kathy (Debbie Reynolds).

Lobby card for “Singin’ in the Rain.”

But, back to ALIEN. The legend has it that when Ridley Scott decided to use “You Are My Lucky Star,” the studio complained because the rights to the song were quite expensive.

Here – now –  for your consideration are three versions on the song:

Version #1: The original “You Are My Lucky Star,” from Singin’ In The Rain, performed by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.

Version #2: “Ripley Confronts the Alien – You Are My Lucky Star,” a clip from the movie.

But it doesn’t stop there. The folks at Creative Assembly took note also…

Version #3: “Alien Isolation – My Lucky Star,” from the Survivor Mode DLC version of the video game.

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