Mr. Lucky (1943)




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In this comedy-drama, shifty gambler Cary 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.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cary Grant
as Joe Adams
Laraine Day
as Dorothy Bryant
Charles Bickford
as Hard Swede
Gladys Cooper
as Capt. Veronica Steadman
Alan Carney
as Crunk
Henry Stephenson
as Mr. Bryant
Kay Johnson
as Mrs. Mary Ostrander
Erford Gage
as Gaffer
Walter Kingsford
as Convoy Commissioner Hargraves
J.M. Kerrigan
as McDougal
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Greek Priest
Florence Bates
as Mrs. Van Every
Juan Varro
as Joe Bascopolus
Frank Mills
as Workman at Slot Machine
Mary Forbes
as Dowager
Don Brodie
as Dealer
Joseph Crehan
as Plainclothesman
Kernan Cripps
as Plainclothesman
Art Yeoman
as Reporter
Jack Gargan
as Reporter
Emory Parnell
as Dock Watchman
Lloyd Ingraham
as Taxi Driver
Budd Fine
as Stevedore
Charles Lane
as Comstock
Frank Henry
as Reporter on Street
Robert Strange
as Captain Costello
Charles Cane
as Comstock
Hal K. Dawson
as Draft Board Director
Al Rhein
as Gambler
Sam Finn
as Gambler
Al Murphy
as Gambler
Fred Rapport
as Gambler
Sam Harris
as Gambling Extra
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Lucky

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | October 25, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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… | October 25, 2015
Top Critic

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… | October 25, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

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… | October 25, 2015
Sky Movies

Putting aside any moralizing, it's a well-made movie with some fun attached.

Full Review… | October 25, 2015
TV Guide

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… | October 25, 2015
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Mr. Lucky

I'm a gambler not a gangster. A man and his gangsters create an elaborate plan to swindle a charity organization out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The man flirts with a key stakeholder in the charity organization that covers for him and thinks they may eventually form a relationship; meanwhile, a gambling night is schedule to raise funds for the charity. The night of the event the man's true intentions play out in front of everyone. "It's gambling." "Not the way I play." HC Potter, director of The Time of Your Life, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, and You Gotta Stay Happy, delivers Mr. Lucky. The storyline for this picture is fun and worth watching unfold but not entirely believable or realistic. The acting is excellent and the cast includes Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Alan Carney, Kay Johnson, Paul Stewart, and Charles Bickford. "Are you aware of the character of this gentleman?" I recently discovered this Cary Grant film was coming on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. This was fairly entertaining but not one of Grants best films. I recommend watching this once as it is a must see for fans of classic films. "What did you think this was, amateur night?" Grade: B-/B (7.5)

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