A tough lady gangster learns that she will be totally blind within a week. She seeks help from the one eye surgeon who may be able to save her sight. In the process, he also causes her to ... See full summary »
While running away from the police, playboy racketeer Jack 'Lucky' Wilson receives a non-life threatening bullet wound. Lucky manages to escape and drives as far as he can before passing out. Lucky is found by farmer Henry Miller, who believes Lucky is an innocent man who was randomly shot by gangsters. Lucky contacts his partner, Tony Berrelli, who sends the mob payrolled doctor to check on Lucky's condition. Tony believes this situation is perfect: the Miller farm is the perfect hide-out for Lucky from the police during Lucky's recuperation. Farm life is against Lucky's sensibilities, that is until he meets the pretty Miller daughter, Pauline. He immediately falls for her and she for him. Lucky needs to figure out how to reconcile his gangster background with the simple farm life, especially with Henry who has had his own bad experiences with racketeers, and with the police who are still after him. Written by
With this title I expected a Warners Bros. crime melodrama but seeing the producing studio was MGM, I was wary. It starts out like a WB production but shifts gears and becomes a warm and winning romantic comedy. Lucky Wilson (Montgomery) is a two-bit, womanizing extortionist. He's shot by the police in a getaway attempt and escapes to the country where he is nursed back to health by a warm, loving farm family. He of course falls for the daughter and completely reforms. When the police arrive to take him back, she promises to wait for him. Both leads do well with Montgomery giving one of his best performances, worthy of an Oscar nom. Equally good is the screenplay, which makes its moralizing point without a heavy hand (the Original Story was deservedly Oscar nominated). The direction by W.S. Van Dyke (whose superb work on THE THIN MAN that same year would be Oscar nommed) is breezy, witty and effervescent. A surprisingly enjoyable film well worth a watch.
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