Mr. Lucky

Synopsis: Joe Adams takes on the identity of a dead gangster in order to avoid the draft. Adams plans to use a war relief charity to get his gambling operation up and running, until he falls in love with Dorothy Bryant and has a change of heart.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): H.C. Potter
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


I wouldn't do that if I were you!

Wouldn't you? Thanks for the advice but how

do I know she ain't gonna jump?

She's alright. She's not gonna do anything.

She's just gonna stand their. She's gonna

walk up and down..

then she's gonna lean against

that bollard..

and just stand there and look out to sea.

- She needs a pass to be out there!

- Brother, she'll have a pass.

She could have a pass to the White House

if she wanted it!

You start pushing around, you're going

to get yourself into trouble.

- She's a somebody.

- Speaking of passes, where's yours?

Oh.. you're new here aren't you!

Ships master, huh?

I came ashore on a dinghy.

Tied up down there at the end of the pier.

There, you see.

- Told you she was alright.

- What's she gonna do now?

Just look. She's watching for a ship

to come in.

- Only it's sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic.

- What ship is that?

- Used to be called the "Fortuna".

- Oh yeah, that gambling ship..

- Used to be sitting here at this dock.

- That's right.

- You know I was on pier 27..

- Yeah, I know, I know.

It was owned by a boss gambler called

Joe the Greek.

- Ever hear of him?

- Oh sure I did, in the newspapers.

- You know him?

- Yep.

I was master of the Fortuna.

Say tell me, was he really a Greek?

Nobody ever knew what he was, except


And brother you gotta understand he wasn't

just ordinary tough, he was double tough!

And too smart for his own good.

- Crossed you up, huh?

- Oh no.

Crossed himself up.


That's how.

Right here on this pier was the last

time she ever saw him.

When was that?

Back a ways when we had the Fortuna

tied up here.

We weren't operating then.

We were broke and full of trouble.

One day Joe comes in with his face full

of fine and dandy and..

his heart full of ice water.

We had been driven off the west coast

by the law..

and put in here to raise a bank roll so

we could operate in Havana.

Joe was kind of up against it.

There was a Greek sailor on board.. guy

named Joe Bascopolous..

How's Bascopolous?

Looks like he's gonna join

Barnum and Bailey, Joe.

What did the Doc say?

Well according to the Doc, he's

already gone

Said he wouldn't last over an hour

two hours ago.

All gone inside.

- How'd it go uptown today?

- Swell thanks, Swede.

I got the plaster taken off the boat.

We can sail anytime.

Good! You know those mugs of yours

have been getting kinda restless.

- Let me know when he goes.

- Right.

Hey Blubber. Fix this thing!

- Something wrong boss?

- It paid!

- There ain't no customers Joe.

- There's gonna be customers.

- Fix it!

- Ok.

Hello boys. Well I got it.

Cost me ten grand but it was worth it.

Put it in the safe, Zepp.

Boys we're sailing for Havana as soon

as Bascopolous kicks off.

Forget it Joe. This ship ain't going

no where.

- Who says so?

- Your uncle Sam.

- What is this a rib?

- Take a gander at those kites.

J. Bascopolous, G. Zepp,

J. Adams...

1-A! They can't do this to me, I'm

a civilian.

It's ok chief. Don't worry.

I got it all fixed Joe. We can hop a plane

to Mexico City in two hours.

- What?

- And then catch a plane to Rio

You can work South America until this

soldier business blows over.

- Take it easy Crunk.

- There's a lot of guys with big dough, Joe

Yeah well relax. Thanks Crunk.

J. Bascopolous. What did he get?

4-F! What's that?

It means they don't want him. He's

physically unfit.

The lucky stiff.

He's physically unfit alright.

Or is he.

Alright boys. Get lost!

One of us is out of the army, Joe.

- Who declared you in?

- Well we're partners, ain't we?

That's a 50/50 proposition in my book.

What do you want, half the card?

I'll trade you my half of the boat for

the card Joe.

What good would a boat do me in the army!

The one who gets the card gets the

boat along with it.

Who gets it Joe?

Wanna cut for it?

Poker dice.

- You got a deal.

- I'll get the box.

Wait a minute!

- Can't you wait and make the thing legal?

- What's wrong with poker dice?

Not a thing. Only the guy ain't dead yet.

I never took anything off a pal in

my life.

After he joins the circus that's different.

Come on.


Take your best shot, Zepp.

Three kings Joe.

Have a smoke, Crunk.

Four kings, Joe.

In two rolls.

Beat it!

Can you hold it a minute chief.


Three aces.

What did you think this was.

Amateur night?

I don't get you Joe.

Didn't you see an elephant walk across

the table .. with muddy feet.

- I didn't pull a switch on you Joe.

- Didn't you?

Then blow on it for luck. Go on, blow!

I wouldn't shuffle my own partner.

Sure you wouldn't.

One more ace, that's it.

Yeah.. that's it.

There it is.

Well looks like the army needs men

like you, Zepp.

Take good care of yourself.

I'll have a nice big service flag with a

single star on it hanging in my office.

Just for you.

- Swede, see you later.

- Where you going, Joe?

Uptown raise a bank roll so we can sail.

- I thought you lifted the plaster.

- That took everything we had.

- We need 50k to start operating.

- Where you gonna get it?

I can raise that kind of wind in one


Swede, shake hands with the new

Joe Bascopolous.

Take this dough and give Joe Adams in

there a swell funeral..

with lots of nice white flowers. I always

thought the guy had a lot of good in him.

- What's he talking about?

- You explain it to him, Crunk..

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