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Lucky Jordan (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 16 November 1942 (USA)
A New York gangster is unwillingly drafted into the army and deserts but becomes patriotic when he stumbles upon foreign spies bent on stealing American military secrets.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Darrell Ware (screen play), Karl Tunberg (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Lucky Jordan
Helen Walker ... Jill Evans
Sheldon Leonard ... Slip Moran
Mabel Paige ... Annie ('Ma')
Marie McDonald ... Pearl
Lloyd Corrigan ... Ernest Higgins
Dave Willock ... Angelo Palacio
Russell Hoyt Russell Hoyt ... Eddie
John Wengraf ... Herr Kesselman
Miles Mander ... Kilpatrick
Clem Bevans ... Gas Station Attendant
Anthony Caruso ... Hired Gun
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Sergeant
George Meader George Meader ... Clarence
Virginia Brissac ... Clarence's Wife
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Storyline

Lucky Jordan, cynical gambler and racketeer, finds one thing his luck and connections can't fix: the draft board. In the army, he fits like the proverbial square peg, and deserts...to find his former henchman selling the mob's services to enemy spies and saboteurs. Meanwhile, Jill, the attractive WAC he's taken hostage, hopes to reform him (by any means at her disposal). But it takes an unexpected plot twist to make Jordan change his ways... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Tough ... trigger mad ... and Terrific !

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Gordon See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Helen Walker debut. See more »

Quotes

Lucky Jordan: Don't you know that you shouldn't be drinking at your age?
Jill Evans: I'd like to be drinking at your age, but time passes.
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Referenced in Biography: Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost (1999) See more »

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Wish Ladd made more comedies
2 July 2015 | by joanna-105See all my reviews

This is a very entertaining movie. A lot funnier upon repeated viewing (dialogue is very witty and fast). Alan Ladd (underrated actor to begin with) has made very few comedies and shines here in both delivery, mannerisms and excellent timing. Helen Walker is holding her own and has just about as good an on-screen chemistry with Ladd as Veronica Lake in his noir movies. The plot is pretty stupid because of introduction of Nazis (in US ?!), secret plans, treason, etc. The whole patriotic hullabaloo, in my opinion, only gets in the way of otherwise interesting idea of a wise guy trying to dodge draft by any means necessary (especially as the movie was released in 1942). It's a pity Ladd got "pigeonholed" by his studio (Paramount) into tough guy, action hero and/or tragic roles. He would have been a winner in an intelligent, dialogue based comedy, or even romantic comedy (dare I say: the caliber of Cary Grant?!). I'm buying this one for my collection of Ladd's movies. :D


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