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 ...
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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
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A good stuntman makes a bad husband, and a good husband makes a bad stuntman
1933's "Lucky Devils" is an often fascinating look at Hollywood stuntmen and the dangerous feats they perform anonymously for the benefit of cinema-goers around the world. Not long before Hopalong Cassidy, William Boyd toplines as the leader of the close knit group, Skipper Clark, with others portrayed by William Gargan, Bruce Cabot, Creighton Chaney (Lon Jr.), William Bakewell, and real life stuntman Robert Rose, who co-wrote the screen story. A breakneck pace is established right off the bat, with a daring daylight bank robbery that turns out to be a frenetic scene being filmed for a picture titled "Right Living," bullets and bodies flying all over the lot. Skipper's oft repeated phrase to his comrades involves any daredevil who loses his edge by marrying a dame: "a good stuntman makes a bad husband, and a good husband makes a bad stuntman." The picture veers toward predictability when Skipper himself falls for an attempted suicide whose life he'd saved, after which he does indeed lose his nerve on a swinging rope above a burning building, resulting in a near fatal fall for his buddy (William Gargan). All does end happily for husband and wife, a breathless rush back to LA buttressed by several clearly dangerous driving stunts just in case the audience hungers for more! The good outweighs the bad overall, and among the cast is a young Lon Chaney Jr., still using his real name in only his second RKO feature. As stuntman Frankie Wilde, he is always seen with the other group members, introduced right behind William Gargan during the opening scene. It's a decent role providing much screen time, if little dialogue, though he does get a laugh when fellow performer Roscoe Ates stammers through a toast on the upcoming marriage of one of their own with 'long life and prosperity,' Chaney interrupting his stuttering with 'progeny' in place of 'prosperity' (the New York Times reviewer noticed the novice newcomer: "Creighton Chaney figures in a minor role"). I wasn't able to spot Ward Bond among the on screen crewmen, but gorgeous Marion Byron can be seen virtually playing herself, a sexy flapper named Peanuts (her actual nickname).
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