Mr. Lucky 1943

Mr. Lucky

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Joe Adams (Cary Grant) is as clever as they come. Certain that he'll be called up during World War II, Joe nabs the draft papers of a man who's been freed from service and leverages his position into a potentially lucrative scam. The captain of a commercial ship, Joe cons war volunteer Dorothy Bryant (Laraine Day) into believing that he's planning a fund drive for the troops. In fact, he's got something more devious in mind. But as Joe rethinks things, he finds his ruse is already in motion.

Cast & Crew

Cary Grant
Joe Adams, Joe Bascopolous
Laraine Day
Dorothy Bryant
Gladys Cooper
Capt. Veronica Steadman
Kay Johnson
Mrs. Mary Ostrander
Florence Bates
Mrs. Van Every
H. C. Potter
Director
Milton Holmes
Writer (Story)
Milton Holmes
Screenwriter
Adrian Scott
Screenwriter
George Barnes
Cinematographer
Theron Warth
Film Editor
Roy Webb
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Lucky

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  • Cary Grant in one of his signature roles: as a suave WW II-era lady-killing gambler.

    October 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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'.

    October 25, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • The light touch prevails pretty much, so "Mr. Lucky" should keep you in a more or less chucklesome mood most of the time.

    October 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Putting aside any moralizing, it's a well-made movie with some fun attached.

    October 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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".

    October 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Lucky

  • Jan 16, 2010
    This is a great film that stars Cary Grant and Laraine Day. This is one of the few films that Grant plays a scoundrel. But his scoundrel is very likeable in this. Much like the film Suspicion he starred in he can make a scoundrel very charming and funny. The basic plot is he is a gambler and a con man during the early 40's. He wants to escape the war draft and takes on a different name. He has plans to take a gambling boat to Cuba but needs start up money. He makes a plan to do a auction for the war relief and steal the money. But in the end he falls in love and changes his plan and ways. Grant is very good in this. He comes across as a tough guy from the streets but he is also very funny in this. Laraine Day was also very good in this as Grant's love interest. Plus I liked the story for this film. A fun film to watch. Well worth checking out.
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