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Mr. Lucky

A gambling ship owner plans to scam a virtuous young woman, only to fall in love with her and go legit.
Mr. Lucky
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Format:  DVD-R
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: March 23, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1943
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 506
Rating: 3/5 -- It sounds tacky, and it is a bit, but the movie from Hellzapoppin' director HC Potter was a big hit in 1943 and Grant always rated it as one of his favourites "because the character I played was more like the real Cary Grant than any before". Full Review
Radio Times
Oct 25, 2015
Picture carries an authentic ring to operations of bigtime gamblers, and it faithfully follows the professional premise of 'never give the sucker a break, but never cheat a friend'. Full Review
Variety
Oct 25, 2015
The light touch prevails pretty much, so "Mr. Lucky" should keep you in a more or less chucklesome mood most of the time. Full Review
New York Times
Oct 25, 2015
Rating: 3/5 -- Putting aside any moralizing, it's a well-made movie with some fun attached. Full Review
TV Guide
Oct 25, 2015
Rating: 3/5 -- An engaging comedy drama with lots of sharp little cameo performances, this story of a gambler reformed by love was later remade (very loosely) as 'Gambling House' and also turned into a TV series. Full Review
Sky Cinema
Oct 25, 2015
Rating: 3/4 -- Cary Grant in one of his signature roles: as a suave WW II-era lady-killing gambler. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Oct 25, 2015

Description by OLDIES.com:

Heads: He wins. Tails: You lose. Joe Adams doesn't play the odds. He makes them. Who would think Cupid would turn the odds against him? With roguish charm and dialogue spiked with Cockney rhyming slang, Cary Grant portrays Joe in a wartime romantic comedy from the director of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Luck is on Joe's side when he dodges the draft by taking another man's 4-F status. And he seems to hold all aces when he worms his way into a war relief group and plans to pocket its funds. But larceny gives way to love. Joe finds he's in deep with a winsome charity worker (Laraine Day). And that puts him in deep, deep trouble with fellow con artists. Lucky at cards, unlucky in love? Say it ain't so, Joe!

Product Description:

One of Cary Grant's most financially successful 1940s vehicles, MR. LUCKY finds Grant atypically cast as a shifty, out-for-number-one gambler. Having dodged the draft by adopting the identity of a dead man, Grant sets his sights on purchasing a fancy gambling ship. To raise the necessary funds, he pretends to be working hand in glove with the American War Relief society. Once he meets Laraine Day, however, Grant is seized by an uncontrollable bout of honesty. It takes him awhile, but he finally does the right thing. The film is framed in flashback, as old seaman Charles Bickford explains why a tearful Laraine Day waits at the dock each evening for a certain ship to come in. Also in the cast is Paul Stewart as a cold-eyed but nonetheless semi-comic hoodlum, and Kay Johnson and Gladys Cooper as elegant but gullible society women. The best aspect of this breezy comedy-drama is Grant's cockney propensity for "rhyming slang," a running gag better heard than described. MR. LUCKY was later adapted into a TV series in 1959, with John Vivyan in the Cary Grant part and with Blake Edwards at the production controls.

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Warner Archive Collection

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 9,564
  • UPC: 883316126899
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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