A gambler falls in love with a naive young girl. He thinks she is bringing him good luck. Then his main gambling rival arrives and he desires the girl as well ...

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A gambler falls in love with a naive young girl. He thinks she is bringing him good luck. Then his main gambling rival arrives and he desires the girl as well ... Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Decidedly novellettish
12 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Third Time Lucky" is a rather predictable romance aimed primarily at women. It shows in extended flashback how Joan (Glynis Johns), a nice young lady from Finchley, comes to get incongruously mixed up with Soho gangsters and guns. A chance encounter with a debonair professional gambler called Lucky (Dermot Walsh) draws her into a glamorous and unfamiliar world of roulette, champagne, and Mayfair nightclubs. Eventually, of course, Lucky fails to merit his name - and then dear Joan finds herself in danger of going to the dogs (and I don't just mean the greyhound races).

This is a passable film on its own decidedly novellettish terms. It even features a recurring song in Ivor Novello style with the title "Forgive me for dreaming". There are melodramatic moments and the last half-hour may tax the patience.

"Are we really still in London?" Joan asks at one point. Well may she wonder. "Third Time Lucky" is less an evocation of post-war Britain than a modest attempt to replicate the high-life and low-life milieux of a certain type of American popular movie of that era. Import substitution to help the balance of the payments perhaps?


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