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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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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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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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IT'S ROMANTIC DYNAMITE! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Midway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - June 18, 1944 - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1941 America was still at Peace. See more »

Connections

Featured in Becoming Cary Grant (2017) See more »

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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Is (love) in the cards for Joe Adams?
9 November 2008 | by somicSee all my reviews

In my opinion, "Mr. Lucky" is one of Cary Grant's finest pictures. Grant (Joe Adams) Stars as a Gambler looking to make a buck. Joe is a man with no scruples. He is willing to walk over anyone for a chance at a quick score.

However his cold hearted ways begins to melt when a beautiful woman comes into his life. Laraine Day, (Dorothy Bryant) gives a strong performance as a volunteer for a war relief organization. She offers Grant a chance to help raise funds for the group when he suggests a casino night.

However Joe intends to use Dorothy as a pawn in a fixed game. That idea quickly changes when he falls for Dorothy. Joe must choose between his loyalty to his gang or his love for Dorothy.

Mr. Lucky is a wonderful mix of comedy and drama. One of the best moments is where Joe is learning to knit. Very funny! This is a picture that display's Mr. Grants full range of talents.

The cast included Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper, Alan Carney, Henry Stephenson, and Paul Stewart. It was expertly Directed by H.C. Potter. The wonderful black and white cinematography was by George Barnes.

I highly recommend this picture.

Fun Facts. -Laraine Day was on loan-out from MGM. -Mr. Lucky was RKO's second biggest hit of 1943 -Writer Milton Holmes said Mr. Lucky was inspired by a real event in 1936. A nightclub owner put on a gambling benefit at the Beverly Hills Hotel to raise money for a church.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bundles for Freedom See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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