Review: ‘Mr. Lucky’

Cary Grant is a resourceful and opportunist gambling operator, figuring on outfitting his outlawed gaming ship for trip to Havana. But coin and draft registration balk his departure. Assuming name and a draft card of a dying 4-F, he launches drive to raise the moola and runs into society heiress Laraine Day. Pursuing her for romantic pitches, he lands as member of the war relief agency and proceeds to ply his con to help the outfit with supplies and boat charters.

Cary Grant is a resourceful and opportunist gambling operator, figuring on outfitting his outlawed gaming ship for trip to Havana. But coin and draft registration balk his departure. Assuming name and a draft card of a dying 4-F, he launches drive to raise the moola and runs into society heiress Laraine Day. Pursuing her for romantic pitches, he lands as member of the war relief agency and proceeds to ply his con to help the outfit with supplies and boat charters.

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’. Writer Milton Holmes, in selling his first screen original, hews closely to the lines of actual incidents rather than depending on synthetic dramatics to drop it into the groove of obvious cinematic dramatics.

Mr. Lucky

Production

RKO. Director H.C. Potter; Producer David Hempstead; Screenplay Milton Holmes, Adrian Scott; Camera George Barnes; Editor Theron Warth; Music Roy Webb; Art Director William Cameron Menzies

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Cary Grant Laraine Day Charles Bickford Gladys Cooper Alan Carney Henry Stephenson
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