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Lucky Jordan (1942)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lucky Jordan
Helen Walker ...
Jill Evans
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Slip Moran
Mabel Paige ...
Annie ('Ma')
Marie McDonald ...
Pearl
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Ernest Higgins
Dave Willock ...
Angelo Palacio
Russell Hoyt ...
Eddie
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Herr Kesselman
Miles Mander ...
Kilpatrick
Clem Bevans ...
Gas Station Attendant
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Hired Gun
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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draft | spy | gangster | nazi | communist | See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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16 November 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 31, 1944 with Alan Ladd reprising his film role. 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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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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