Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mr. Lucky (1943)

I was just looking at one of my favorite web sites.  It is called Mr. Lucky and it is all about fine music and fine cocktails.  Take a look and you will find the perfect martini recipe, and perfect jazz to go with it.

Cary Grant made a movie by the same name in 1943, but I doubt he was inspired by the Internet.  Mr. Lucky is a typical war era movie with a typical Cary Grant character, which makes it well worth seeing. 

Laraine Day (1920 - 2007) is the female lead/love interest.  She appeared in the Lew Ayres Dr. Kildare series of movies, and went on to The High and the Mighty in 1954 and Swiss Family Robinson in 1958. 

The rest of the cast is difficult to write about in a Bit Actor context.  Almost every cast member could be considered a bit actor, and has a load of movie and some TV credits.  And the list of movies they were in is incredible, including many classics.

Gladys Cooper (1888 - 1971) made films starting in 1913 and ended with TV roles up until her death.  She was in The Black Cat (1941), A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), The Song of Bernadette (1943), and The Bishop's Wife (1947) to name a few. 

Walter Kingsford (1881 - 1958) made over 80 films before Mr. Lucky, including A Yank at Oxford (1938) and some of the Dr. Kildare series.  He also did a lot of TV work in the 1950s.

Looking down the list we see Sam Ash (1884 - 1951) with 200 mostly uncredited film roles starting in 1929.  Edwin August (1883 - 1964) only made 13 sound films in a career of 163 movies starting in 1909.

Don Brodie (1904 - 2001) was in 303 roles...way to many to browse through today.  I may come back to him!  And it gets better...Joseph Crehan (1883 - 1966) had 364 roles. 

I WILL pick this cast list up again!  Please pour yourself a martini and watch Mr. Lucky.

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