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Mr. Lucky (1943)

Approved | | 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.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

Milton Holmes (screenplay), Adrian Scott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Joe Adams -posing as Joe Bascopolous
Laraine Day ... Dorothy Bryant
Charles Bickford ... Hard Swede
Gladys Cooper ... Captain Veronica Steadman
Alan Carney ... Crunk
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Bryant
Paul Stewart ... Zepp
Kay Johnson ... Mrs. Mary Ostrander
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Henchman
Walter Kingsford ... Commissioner Hargraves
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Van Every
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bundles for Freedom See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

After Joe has thrown the dice against Captain Steadman using a glass and "influence", the cut over her shoulder shows the glass at a notably different position than where he just put it. See more »

Quotes

Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: [Calling to handyman after slot machine pays off] Hey, Blubber! Fix this thing!
Blubber: Something wrong, boss?
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: It pays!
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Opening credits prologue: 1941 America was still at Peace. See more »

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Referenced in Band of Brothers (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Something To Remember You By
(1930)
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Whistled often by Cary Grant
Played at the charity ball
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Cary Grant Rolls the Dice
16 August 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Poor boy turned suave gambler Cary Grant (as Joe Adams) evades service in World War II by assuming the identity of a deceased sailor classified "4-F" (unfit for military service). Then, he joins a New York women's group supporting the war effort from the home front. There, he learns to knit, and flirts with sophisticate Laraine Day (as Dorothy Bryant). At first, Ms. Day is wary of Mr. Grant, who uses slight-of-hand to fill the war relief group's coffers. But, Day falls in love with Grant, unaware he is planning to bilk the ladies' war relief organization.

RKO put a lot into "Mr. Lucky", and it pays off handsomely. Aside from a violent streak (once slugging his leading lady), Grant turns out to be much less of a heel that you're led to believe; and, he is thoroughly charming. The direction (H.C. Potter), camera-work (George Barnes), design (William Cameron Menzies), and supporting cast are outstanding. The film is bracketed with a moody atmospherics.

The ending could have been better. But, mainly, "Mr. Lucky" is great for watching Grant work wonders with his conflicted character. Grant is so convincing that, when he looks in his car's rear view mirror, you're almost sure the car's mirror hasn't actually been removed by the studio (they blocked actors' faces and were too reflective). There was no mirror there, or was there?

******* Mr. Lucky (5/28/43) H.C. Potter ~ Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper


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