"If it weren't for Cary Grant's persuasive personality the whole thing would melt away to nothing at all."
|With Alan Carney, Paul Stewart and Charles Bickford.|
Mr. Lucky - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):
"Mr. Lucky is what is known as a vehicle picture. If it weren't for Cary Grant's persuasive personality the whole thing would melt away to nothing at all. Its story is preposterous. The leading character is a rogue, a draft dodger, an unscrupulous gambler. He carefully specifies that he is a gambler, not a gangster; but his methods tend toward the latter classification. H. C. Potter has directed all this with an understanding of cinema. Even though you don't believe the events as you see them, most of the incidents prove entertaining, especially those that show Joe in action with the War Relief ladies. As I said, Mr. Lucky depends on Grant's ability to hold you. Perhaps this is just wherein the picture is dangerous; the first thing you know, you like this loose-moraled chiseler because of the way he tilts his hat or kids you so delightfully before he cheats you. Films frequently get mixed up in their ethics; it is difficult to decide what this one is trying to sell us - gamblers, draft dodgers, converted gangsters, or Mr. Grant. Maybe only Mr. Grant, but it chooses a strange way to do it."
- Philip T. Hartung, The Commonweal
|New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -|
Number 43 - Mr Lucky (Lobby Card Style)
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