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Mr. Lucky (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 1 July 1943 (USA)
A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

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Joe Adams takes on the identity of a dead gangster in order to avoid the draft. Adams plans to use a war relief charity to get his gambling operation up and running, until he falls in love with Dorothy Bryant and has a change of heart. Written by Jenny Curtis <curti016@gold.tc.umn.edu>

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 18, 1943 with Cary Grant and Laraine Day reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

After Joe has thrown the dice against Captain Steadman using a glass and "influence", the cut over her shoulder shows the glass at a notably different position than where he just put it. See more »

Quotes

Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: [Calling to handyman after slot machine pays off] Hey, Blubber! Fix this thing!
Blubber: Something wrong, boss?
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: It pays!
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Opening credits prologue: 1941 America was still at Peace. See more »

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Featured in Kisses (1991) See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(ca 1856)
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Music by William Steffe
In the score when Dorothy shows a picture of her great-grandfather
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Is (love) in the cards for Joe Adams?
9 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

In my opinion, "Mr. Lucky" is one of Cary Grant's finest pictures. Grant (Joe Adams) Stars as a Gambler looking to make a buck. Joe is a man with no scruples. He is willing to walk over anyone for a chance at a quick score.

However his cold hearted ways begins to melt when a beautiful woman comes into his life. Laraine Day, (Dorothy Bryant) gives a strong performance as a volunteer for a war relief organization. She offers Grant a chance to help raise funds for the group when he suggests a casino night.

However Joe intends to use Dorothy as a pawn in a fixed game. That idea quickly changes when he falls for Dorothy. Joe must choose between his loyalty to his gang or his love for Dorothy.

Mr. Lucky is a wonderful mix of comedy and drama. One of the best moments is where Joe is learning to knit. Very funny! This is a picture that display's Mr. Grants full range of talents.

The cast included Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper, Alan Carney, Henry Stephenson, and Paul Stewart. It was expertly Directed by H.C. Potter. The wonderful black and white cinematography was by George Barnes.

I highly recommend this picture.

Fun Facts. -Laraine Day was on loan-out from MGM. -Mr. Lucky was RKO's second biggest hit of 1943 -Writer Milton Holmes said Mr. Lucky was inspired by a real event in 1936. A nightclub owner put on a gambling benefit at the Beverly Hills Hotel to raise money for a church.


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