Mr. Lucky (1943)

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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.



  • Cary Grant in Mr. Lucky (1943)
  • Cary Grant and Alan Carney in Mr. Lucky (1943)
  • Cary Grant and Laraine Day in Mr. Lucky (1943)
  • Cary Grant and Frank Mills in Mr. Lucky (1943)
  • Charles Bickford in Mr. Lucky (1943)
  • Cary Grant and J.M. Kerrigan in Mr. Lucky (1943)

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16 August 2009 | wes-connors
| Cary Grant Rolls the Dice
Poor boy turned suave gambler Cary Grant (as Joe Adams) evades service in World War II by assuming the identity of a deceased sailor classified "4-F" (unfit for military service). Then, he joins a New York women's group supporting the war effort from the home front. There, he learns to knit, and flirts with sophisticate Laraine Day (as Dorothy Bryant). At first, Ms. Day is wary of Mr. Grant, who uses slight-of-hand to fill the war relief group's coffers. But, Day falls in love with Grant, unaware he is planning to bilk the ladies' war relief organization.

RKO put a lot into "Mr. Lucky", and it pays off handsomely. Aside from a violent streak (once slugging his leading lady), Grant turns out to be much less of a heel that you're led to believe; and, he is thoroughly charming. The direction (H.C. Potter), camera-work (George Barnes), design (William Cameron Menzies), and supporting cast are outstanding. The film is bracketed with a moody atmospherics.

The ending could have been better. But, mainly, "Mr. Lucky" is great for watching Grant work wonders with his conflicted character. Grant is so convincing that, when he looks in his car's rear view mirror, you're almost sure the car's mirror hasn't actually been removed by the studio (they blocked actors' faces and were too reflective). There was no mirror there, or was there?

******* Mr. Lucky (5/28/43) H.C. Potter ~ Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper

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