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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
Mabel Paige ...
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 ...
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George Meader ...
Clarence
Virginia Brissac ...
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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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16 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Coração de Pedra  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 Chicago it was first telecast 11 October 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), 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 airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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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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A fun Gangster-Propaganda film.
29 December 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an early starring vehicle for Alan Ladd and like most of his early starring roles, he plays a bad guy. Lucky Jordan is a gangster who has been drafted. However, he has no allegiance to anyone but himself, so when the opportunity arises, he goes AWOL. In the process, he stumbles upon some military secrets and plans on selling them to the highest bidder. He also ends up kidnapping a spunky WAC. Now, with mobsters and Nazis in pursuit, is there any way Jordan can avoid getting killed?

One thing I noticed is that Ladd's delivery is different than in later films—a bit higher-pitched and a bit faster. It's obvious that he must have had some voice lessons after this film as it just didn't sound like him. As for the dialog, it was classic gangster lingo—the sort of stuff I love as well as other lovers of film noir. As a result, it was quite enjoyable. However, as it was planned first and foremost as a wartime propaganda film, the gangster aspect always took a back seat to patriotism. As a result, while the film was very effective in bolstering commitment to the war effort, the film itself was a tad of a letdown—especially since the viewer knew all along that by the end of the film Ladd would prove to be 100% American! Still, an enjoyable if slight and predictable gangster flick.


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