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Lucky Devils (1933)

Passed | | Action, Drama | 3 February 1933 (USA)
A group of stuntmen at one studio in Hollywood call themselves "Lucky Devils," and regularly chant "A stuntman makes a bad husband and a husband makes a bad stuntman." It rings true when ... See full summary »

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Skipper Clark (as Bill Boyd)
Dorothy Wilson ...
Fran Whitley
William Gargan ...
Bob Hughes
Bob Rose ...
Rusty McDonald (as Robert Rose)
Roscoe Ates ...
Gabby (as Rosco Ates)
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Slugger Jones
Julie Haydon ...
Doris Jones
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Happy White
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Sylvia Picker ...
Midge
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Frankie Wilde (as Creighton Chaney)
Gladden James ...
Neville Silverman - Assistant Director
Phyllis Fraser ...
Toots
Edwin Stanley ...
Mr. Spence - A Director
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A group of stuntmen at one studio in Hollywood call themselves "Lucky Devils," and regularly chant "A stuntman makes a bad husband and a husband makes a bad stuntman." It rings true when Slugger Jones is killed doing his last stunt right after his marriage. Skipper Clark and Bob Hughes prevent a down-and-out girl, Fran, from committing suicide, and help her get an acting job at the studio. Romance follows, with Skipper marrying Fran, but with the understanding he'll continue doing his stuntwork. But Skipper freezes during a stunt when the frantic Fran signals him to stop, and his friend Bob is nearly killed. This washes Skipper up in the stunt business, so he takes a job on the labor crew, shooting on location, and leaving the pregnant Fran in the care of a cheap doctor. When he gets a wire from the doctor telling him Fran must be sent to a hospital, he decides to do a dangerous stunt the other stuntmen refuse, going over a 30-foot waterfall in a rowboat, for the $200 needed for the ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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THEY CALL THEM LUCKY DEVILS IF THEY LIVE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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3 February 1933 (USA)  »

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Cincuenta dólares, una vida  »

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Co-writer and co-star Bob Rose was a veteran Hollywood stuntman. See more »

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Features The Lost Squadron (1932) See more »

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Fun but quite shocking--even by today's standards!
17 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The first five minutes of this film will quickly convince you that this is definitely a "Pre-Code" movie--a film so named because it was made just before the Hays Production Code was fully enforced--putting a stop to excessive violence, sexuality and "adult themes". Just a year later, a film as amazingly violent as this one never would have been allowed. That's because this portion of the movie features a bank robbery scene that is at least as violent as the ones in BONNIE AND CLYDE--which was made over three decades later. Blood is flying, customers are being splattered and hundreds of bullets fly. This is not the only extremely violent moment in the film, as later you see a man fall into a burning building and it's very shocking indeed.

The film is not really about bank robberies, though, but is about the rough and dangerous world of the movie stuntman. In the 1920s, some Hollywood producers were pretty cavalier about risking the lives of their stunt men, though how unnecessarily lives are tossed away in this film seems silly--but also very entertaining.

The main character in this film is William Boyd (later known as "Hopalong Cassidy") and once he marries, his new bride is convinced he'll be killed. Judging by the movie so far, this isn't surprising! I could tell you more about the plot but don't want to ruin it. The film is very exciting to watch and the violence is shocking but also intriguing because it was so extreme. A good film but certainly not an intellectual or deep film.

PS--Look carefully at the beginning and you'll see a White guy in black face--something that's shocking when seen today.


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