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Mr. Lucky (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, 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.


H.C. Potter


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




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 ... Henchman
Walter Kingsford ... Commissioner Hargraves
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Van Every


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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HE'S DANGEROUS...SHE'S DEVASTATING! A Gay, Tough, Smooth Gambler, out for big game in Manhattan's Canyons...in a heart-to-heart crash with the most devastating female of the Park Avenue species. A glamorous exciting battle of the sexes...with Cary playing his most colorful character! (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 7 July 1943) See more »


Comedy | Crime | Romance


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Did You Know?


A car does a 180 degree turn on the George Washington Bridge, a sequence that may have inspired a similar incident in Mario Puzo's "The Godfather." See more »


Dorothy's car, a 1941 Cadillac convertible, has white wall tires when Joe drops her off at her home after the trip to Maryland and back. Then as he is driving it on the bridge and does a U-turn, it has black wall tires. When it next appears on the pier, Dorothy driving, it has white wall tires again. See more »


Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: You don't mind if I double-cross myself, do you?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Crossfire (1947) See more »


Battle Hymn of the Republic
(ca 1856)
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 nmarshiSee 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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Release Date:

1 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bundles for Freedom See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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