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Mr. Lucky Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Cary Grant
as Joe Adams
Laraine Day
as Dorothy Bryant
Charles Bickford
as Hard Swede
Gladys Cooper
as Capt. Steadman
Alan Carney
as Crunk
Henry Stephenson
as Mr. Bryant
Paul Stewart
as Zepp
Kay Johnson
as Mrs. Ostrander
Erford Gage
as Gaffer
Walter Kingsford
as Convoy Commissioner Hargraves
J.M. Kerrigan
as McDougal
Edward Fielding
as Foster
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Greek Priest
Hal K. Dawson
as Draft Board Director
Don Brodie
as Dealer
Hilda Plowright
as Maid
Charles Lane
as Comstock
Isabel Withers
Florence Bates
as Mrs. Van Every
Emory Parnell
as Dock Watchman
Jack Gargan
as Reporter
Mary Forbes
as Dowager
Sam Harris
as Gambling Extra
Frank Henry
as Reporter on Street
John Bleifer
as Siga
Ariel Heath
as Girl
Kernan Cripps
as Detective
Lloyd Ingraham
as Taxi Driver
Joseph Crehan
as Detective
Al Murphy
Fred Rapport
as Gambler
Robert Strange
as Captain Costello
Charles Cane
as Comstock
Sam Finn
Rita Corday
as Girl
Frank Mills
as Workman at Slot Machine
Daphne Moore
as Nurse


H.C. Potter
David Hempstead
George Barnes
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Theron Warth
William Cameron Menzies
Production Designer
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Mark-Lee Kirk
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects