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Mr. Lucky (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 1 July 1943 (USA)
A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

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Joe Adams -posing as Joe Bascopolous
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Dorothy Bryant
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Hard Swede
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Captain Veronica Steadman
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Crunk
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Mr. Bryant
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Zepp
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Mrs. Mary Ostrander
Erford Gage ...
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Walter Kingsford ...
Commissioner Hargraves
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Mrs. Van Every
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Joe Adams takes on the identity of a dead gangster in order to avoid the draft. Adams plans to use a war relief charity to get his gambling operation up and running, until he falls in love with Dorothy Bryant and has a change of heart. Written by Jenny Curtis <curti016@gold.tc.umn.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Bundles for Freedom  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO's second biggest hit of 1943, netting $1.603 million, it was only outperformed at the box office by the vastly lower-budgeted Hitler's Children (1943). See more »

Goofs

When Joe is in the Greek Orthodox church, we hear Latin music in the background. This would be sung at a Roman Catholic church, but never at a Greek Orthodox one. See more »

Quotes

Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: Now watch this.
[rolls dice]
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: Seven.
Captain Veronica Steadman: How do you do it?
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: Influence. You bring me the right people, I'll get you that hundred thousand.
Captain Veronica Steadman: But it's gambling!
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: Not the way I do it.
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Opening credits prologue: 1941 America was still at Peace. See more »

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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(ca 1856)
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
In the score when Dorothy shows a picture of her great-grandfather
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Always Lucky With Cary Grant
21 July 2006 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Unavailable on DVD, but found on VHS at Blockbuster, "Mr Lucky" is a Cary Grant vehicle, even more than a morale boosting, "keep the homes fires burning" war movie. Grant gets to play a wide range of roles here: fashion plate, grifter, romantic lead, war hero and (most notably) knitter of sweaters. Look, I've seen them all: North By Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, To Catch A Thief, and on and on.This has many moments that match the very best that Cary Grant had on offer. Most notably, there's an extended sequence of Grant riffing in Cockney to Laraine Day. Now Cary Grant liked to identify himself as a Cockney (which is usually termed as an East Londoner), but here he gets the rare opportunity in his movie career to play one (also in Gunga Din), and when asked where he picked up the rhyming slang that makes Cockney so annoying (charming to Americans) he says: Australia ! Ah Hollywood... You've also got to admire the sartorial splendor which Cary maintains throughout the film, even though he 's supposedly a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks who left home at nine. Apparently there's a finishing school on Skid Row, and Cary was voted Best Dressed. Of course, one of the perverse running gags of "Mr Lucky" is that our hero wears absurdly garish ties, and does not know how to tie a Windsor knot. All he needs is Laraine Day to bring him the appropriate conservative necktie to complete him. Bless him he fights her off ... On a fifth viewing (over a lifetime), I have to admit the last twenty minutes drips with melodramatic sentiment out of step with our modern times (hey, I still tear up-don't tell anyone) but this is still a classic: funny, fast paced, easy on the eyes, and with a great supporting cast.


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