Mr. Lucky

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 34

    Election Bet

    Aired 6/18/60

  • S 1 : Ep 33

    Dangerous Lady

    Aired 6/11/60

  • S 1 : Ep 32

    Odyssey of Hate

    Aired 6/4/60

  • S 1 : Ep 31

    Stacked Deck

    Aired 5/28/60

  • S 1 : Ep 30

    Operation Fortuna

    Aired 5/21/60

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Vivyan

    Mr. Lucky

  • Ross Martin

    Andamo

  • Pippa Scott

    Maggie

  • Tom Brown

    Lt. Rovacs

  • Joe Scott

    Joe the Matire d'

  • show Description
  • In this lesser-known companion series to Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky is a suave but honest professional gambler who figures out how to operate a casino without breaking the law, by having it on a yacht moored in international waters outside the three-mile limit. The series was created by famed writer/director Blake Edwards, loosely based on the 1943 film starring Cary Grant, which was based on an original story "Bundles for Freedom" by Milton Holmes. Much of the show's atmosphere is provided by Henry Mancini's theme and incidental music, which produced two full albums, The Music From Mr. Lucky and Mr. Lucky Goes Latin. Of particular note, besides the theme, is "March of the Cue Balls" from episode 5. Mr. Lucky's pocket watch, when opened, plays the first five notes of the theme, corresponding to the words "They call him Luck-y". Edwards helped revive the concept in 1980 as a TV-movie pilot called Casino, starring Mike Connors.moreless

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  • Quotes (56)

    • Lucky: That must have been quite a picnic.
      Nick: Well, you know how it is, Senor Lucky. Lovely boat, beautiful night, fascinating woman.
      Lucky: A man goes past his cruising range.

    • El Presidente: My apologies for the inconvenience. One never knows these days. I suspect none of you. I trust all of you. Except one of you. And one never knows who that one may be.

    • El Presidente: In any country such as mine, a little country so susceptible to graft, a man such as yourself would have to pay exorbitant sums to open a casino like this.
      Lucky: You have been most gracious. It's a pleasure to lose $1,000 a week to man of such, uh, integrity, El Presidente.

    • Nick: We are in trouble.
      Lucky: We are?
      Nick: I am the one responsible for the gun smuggling.
      Lucky: Andamo, my friend, what you do in your spare time is your business. You are in trouble.
      Nick: I used your boat.
      Lucky: That makes a difference.
      Nick: And the lovely lady you inquired about? She's having dinner with El President at 11 o'clock.
      Lucky: Well, as I've always said, there's just no understanding women.
      Nick: This one is easy to understand. She's an assassin. At 11 o'clock she will kill El Presidente.
      Lucky: I should never have doubted you, Andamo. We are in trouble.
      Nick: I'll start packing.

    • Lieutenant: (discovering Lucky is smuggling his money out in his luggage) El President will be shocked to hear you have been victimized. Someone has stolen your shirts and underwear.

    • Elena: He discovered that you were involved in the smuggling. That you both agreed to transport the guns. He was delighted at the prospect of seeing you bribe your way out of it.
      Lucky: Believe me, he was more delighted at the prospect of how much he was going to get.

    • Nick: All of it? Only this much?
      Lucky: We might get searched again. The lieutenant knows El Presidente would never let us get away with more than a few thousand.
      Nick: Talk about corrupt. He's dead and we still have to pay him.

    • Lucky: You got any money?
      Andamo: Yeah, I've got ten cents. And you?
      Lucky: I got a dollar.
      Andamo: Well, you're my buddy. Tell you what? We pool our resources and share a dinner.
      Lucky: You got a deal.

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    Notes (28)

    • The Ross Martin character seen here originally appeared in the Peter Gunn episode "The Fuse", although he was named Sal Andamo rather than Nick.

    • a.k.a. "El Presidente"

    • Music: Anything Goes (Cole Porter)

    • a.k.a. "The Mine" or "Lucky Gets the Fortuna"

    • a.k.a. "Stowaway" or "One Body Too Many"

    • a.k.a. "The Professor" or "For Love or Money"

    • a.k.a. "The Pool Game"

    • a.k.a. "The Inmate"

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    Trivia (3)

    • Trivia: The episode introduces Lt. Kovacs (although Lucky already knows him). The lieutenant will go on to appear in 25 of the series' 34 episodes.

    • Paul Lambert's character is credited as "Mark Liggett." However, every time someone calls him by his last name, they call him "Langdon."

    • The score stands at Lucky with 457 in a five hundred point game. He misses every shot but a few minutes later, Andamo says that Lucky needs 45 points to win. Lucky would only need 43.

    Allusions (2)

    • Title:
      Referencing the 1957 Broadway musical by Meredith Wilson, made into a movie in 1962. Con man Harold Hill rolls into the small town of River City, Iowa, and convinces the townsfolk to donate money so he can buy band instruments and uniforms. He has no intent of doing so, but falls in love with a librarian before he can flee with the money. One of the musical's signature songs is Ya Got Trouble, which warns against the dangers of illicit pool halls, and has the refrain, "And that rhymes with 'P' and that stands for pool!"

    • Lucky: I told him I was Ellery Queen.
      Referencing the fictional American detective created by Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky in 1928. The name refers both to the amateur sleuth that they created, and the pseudonym under which they wrote the novels and short story collections. The stories are best known for their "challenge to the reader" where Ellery breaks the fourth wall and invites the reader to try and solve the mystery before he does. The detective series has served as the basis for several TV series such as the 1975-76 television detective series Ellery Queen.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Mr. Lucky School of Detectives

    By Mr_Lucky_Sc_of_Detectives, Mar 06, 2014

  • Mr Lucky

    By ak1947, May 01, 2012