Lucky Stiff

Synopsis: A bachelor travels to Monte Carlo to claim an inheritance from his late rich uncle.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): Christopher Ashley
Production: Arclight Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min



Don't stop.

Harder. Harder!

- I'm almost there.

- Yes!

Here it comes.


Shall I wrap them up, madam?

No, they make

my feet look too big.


Harry? Sale?

No sale.

Ugh. You should improve

your sales technique.

Get some practice with the ladies.

Find a girl with a nice pair of feet.

- Mmm.

- I might know someone. Do you want me to, you know?

No, thanks.

Well, better for me anyway

if you've got no social life.

Who else would stay behind on a Friday

night to do inventory every Friday night.

Who else?

Ah, yes, and

that's why I love you.

Lock up.

Have a nice weekend.

Wait! Not again.

Damn it!

Isn't that lovely?

Hungry little pig, aren't ya?

There you go, deary.

Aw, there you are.

Good boy.

Who is it?

I don't want to

let the dogs out.

Telegram for

Mr. Harry Witherspoon.


I'll take it.

I'm his landlady.

I'll see he gets it.

Who was that?

Here. Look here.

Thank you, Miss Thorsby.

Now, Mr. Hobbs?

Not yet, Miss Thorsby.

I will buzz.

Yes, sir.

My condolences,

Mr. Witherspoon.

Please. Be emotional

if you so desire.

I'm terribly sorry that we have to

meet in such terrible circumstances.

I never met my Uncle Anthony.

He's American.

Wouldn't know me

from a hole in the wall.

And understandably so.

Nevertheless, you are

his only living relative.

Your uncle has left you

an inheritance.

An inheritance?

Apparently, casino managers do quite

well in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In U.S. dollars, Mr. Witherspoon,

your uncle has left you...

Yes? Yes?

- Six.

- Six?


But I must warn you that the terms

of the will are highly unusual.

Therefore if you should choose

not to accept the money,

it will revert immediately to

your uncle's favorite charity,

The Universal Dog Home

of Brooklyn.

Dog home?

Look, I'll do anything

for that money.

No dog is gonna

get its paws on it.

This is the release form.

In essence you are agreeing to

fulfill the terms and conditions

of Anthony Hendon's last will

and testament. To the letter.

- Do you agree?

- I do.

Very good.

Sign here, here and here.

Now, Miss Thorsby!


And here we are.

Your uncle left

some recorded instructions.

This is a small player.

On. Off.


On his lap is a small

heart-shaped box,

which you must guard carefully,

until you receive

further instructions.

This is a check which should cover

your activities for the week.

That's all there is to it.

Bon voyage and good luck.

Wait a minute.

I don't understand.

Oh, I'm sorry,

Mr. Witherspoon.

This is your Uncle Anthony.

But I thought he died.

He did.

Oh, my God!

Dear nephew Harry,

this is my last will and testament.

And I hope it finds you in

better health than it does me.

I hope that you're not the squeamish type,

especially when you hear the favor I want.


In return for the money,

I wanna go to Monte Carlo.

- What?

- Yeah, Monte Carlo.

- I've got big plans.

- But that's impossible.

You're probably thinking that's impossible.

Am I right?

A taxidermist has fixed me up so

that no one will notice a thing.

You just follow

the instructions on the tape.

Take a dead man

to the French Riviera?

If you don't wanna do it,

the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn will.

Six million dollars.

One more thing, kid.

Stay out of the spotlight.

Give me paper, pack of six.

- There you are.

- What?

No! No! No!

Hey, lady, what are you, blind?

Legally, I am, yeah.


Uh-huh. Very good.

Very good.

All right, now.

Let's cover up the right eye.

- Third floor. Watch your step.

- You too!


Doctor Di Ruzzio,

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Lynn Ahrens

Lynn Ahrens (born October 1, 1948) is an American writer and lyricist for the musical theatre, television and film. She has collaborated with Stephen Flaherty for many years. She won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for the Broadway musical Ragtime. Together with Flaherty, they have written many musicals, including Lucky Stiff, Once on This Island, My Favorite Year, Ragtime, Seussical, A Man of No Importance, Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones, Rocky, Little Dancer and currently on Broadway Anastasia. She was also nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for the animated Twentieth Century Fox film Anastasia. She wrote the teleplay of her 1994 musical adaption of A Christmas Carol, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Ahrens. She was a mainstay writer and performer for ABC-TV's Schoolhouse Rock. Ahrens also wrote lyrics for the title song for After the Storm, the documentary film about young Hurricane Katrina survivors putting on Once On This Island. more…

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