42 user 14 critic

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 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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Crime | Romance


Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


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 »


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: Well, now this is quite a surprise!
Dorothy Bryant: Not particularly. It so happens I rather expected it. And if you think your persistence is going to have any effect on me, you're mistaken.
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: Well, I can't see how you people can pass up $80,000 for the cause.
Dorothy Bryant: For whose cause? If you're so interested in serving your cause, why don't you join the Army?
Blood Bank Nurse: Next, please!
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: Oh...
[produces draft card]
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: 4F.
Dorothy Bryant: You look 1A to me.
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: Hey, you don't look too bad yourself!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Band of Brothers: Currahee (2001) 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
See more »

User Reviews

Mr. Lucky, RKO, 1943, starring Cary Grant & Laraine Day
28 April 2012 | by jdeurekaSee all my reviews

I just caught Mr. Lucky on TCM and agree this film rates about 7.5 out of 10. What would have otherwise been a discordant mix of comedy & drama are harmonized by the genius of Cary Grant. And this is a Cary Grant in a period of his acting life when he seems deeply aware of & willing to play out the dark, cynical side of life – as in his brilliant & underrated portrayal of the cockney lad Ernie Mott in 1944's None But The Lonely Heart (directed by Clifford Odets!). What's particularly fascinating is Grant's character portrayals in both Mr. Lucky & None But The Lonely Heart is that they start out being cynical in the sense of guys who are prematurely disappointed in the future. He lives like a dog that will succeed by biting and out-foxing everyone. Then he is humanized – without loosing his cynical edge. On the contrary we see here a key into the elegance that was Grant. He lives by denying & accepting society; this suave, cool-hearted knave. You can see that he denies society for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail. He accepts life's contradictions. He gets on with it. Most important of all: he is loyal to the few good things in life. In short, we were fortunate to have Grant and '43's Mr. Lucky and '44's None But the Lonely Heart – these Grant-branded jewels cast in timeless celluloid.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 42 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

1 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bundles for Freedom See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed