Released today back in 1943, Mr. Lucky was Cary Grant's 43rd full length feature film
Laraine Day ... Dorothy Bryant
Charles Bickford ... Hard Swede
Gladys Cooper ... Captain Veronica Steadman
Alan Carney... Crunk
Henry Stephenson... Mr. Bryant
Paul Stewart... Zepp
Kay Johnson... Mrs. Mary Ostrander
Erford Gage... Henchman
Walter Kingsford... Commissioner Hargraves
Florence Bates... Mrs. Van Every
The rhyming slang used by Cary Grant's character is a form of slang in which a word is replaced by a rhyming word, typically the second word of a two-word phrase (so stairs becomes "apples and pears"). The second word is then often dropped entirely ("I'm going up the apples"), meaning that the association of the original word to the rhyming phrase is not obvious to the uninitiated. For example: "Sherman" for an American (Sherman tank = Yank). The exact origin of rhyming slang appears to be unclear, partly because it exists to some extent in many languages. In English, rhyming slang is strongly associated with Cockney speech from the East End of London.
Joe Adams aka Joe Bascopolous: [to Crunk] Never give a sucker an even break and always keep an eye on your pals.