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Lucky Jordan (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 16 November 1942 (USA)
Lucky Jordan, cynical gambler and racketeer, finds one thing his luck and connections can't fix: the draft board. In the army, he fits like the proverbial square peg, and deserts...to find ... See full summary »

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Jill Evans
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Slip Moran
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Annie ('Ma')
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Pearl
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Ernest Higgins
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Angelo Palacio
Russell Hoyt ...
Eddie
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Herr Kesselman
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Kilpatrick
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Charles Cane ...
Sergeant
George Meader ...
Clarence
Virginia Brissac ...
Clarence's Wife
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Lucky Jordan, cynical gambler and racketeer, finds one thing his luck and connections can't fix: the draft board. In the army, he fits like the proverbial square peg, and deserts...to find his former henchman selling the mob's services to enemy spies and saboteurs. Meanwhile, Jill, the attractive WAC he's taken hostage, hopes to reform him (by any means at her disposal). But it takes an unexpected plot twist to make Jordan change his ways... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Coração de Pedra  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its New York City television premiere took place Friday 27 February 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). In Milwaukee it was first telecast 6 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Phoenix 1 June 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Seattle 5 August 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Chicago 11 October 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Johnstown a April 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), in San Francisco 18 September 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Los Angeles 15 October 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 5 March 1961 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in St. Louis 28 May 1961 on KMOX (Channel 4). It was released on DVD 3 March 2016 as part of the Universal Vault Series and also enjoys an occasional cable TV airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Quotes

Lucky Jordan: Don't you know that you shouldn't be drinking at your age?
Annie: I'd like to be drinking at your age, but time passes.
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Referenced in Biography: Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost (1999) See more »

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travesty
27 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film would have been a serious satire of gangster films were it not that it is a deadly serious piece of patriotic propaganda. Even a tough crook like Ladd believes in his country and decides to get rich digging a ditch. The film is so full of improbabilities -- top secret documents being handled like seventh grade valentine's cards, a Nazi espionage cell masquerading as a flower-growing business, a young woman assuring a deserter that he won't be prosecuted, a deserter wandering around New York in broad daylight -- that the plot itself loses all tension early on. The saving grace is a wonderful performance by Mable Paige, whom Ladd leaves to recover by herself after having been severely beaten by some hoods (who are, unnoticed by Ladd, lurking in the hallway to kidnap him). Paige's performance brings this one up from negative numbers. It is awful. To say that Ladd's performance is wooden is an insult to oak trees.


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