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Lucky Devils (1933)

Passed | | Action, Drama | 3 February 1933 (USA)
A group of stuntmen at one studio in Hollywood call themselves "Lucky Devils," and regularly chant "A stuntman makes a bad husband and a husband makes a bad stuntman." It rings true when ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Ince

Writers:

Agnes Christine Johnston (screen play), Ben Markson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Boyd ... Skipper Clark (as Bill Boyd)
Dorothy Wilson ... Fran Whitley
William Gargan ... Bob Hughes
Bob Rose Bob Rose ... Rusty McDonald (as Robert Rose)
Roscoe Ates ... Gabby (as Rosco Ates)
William Bakewell ... Slugger Jones
Julie Haydon ... Doris Jones
Bruce Cabot ... Happy White
Rochelle Hudson ... Visitor
Sylvia Picker Sylvia Picker ... Midge
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Frankie Wilde (as Creighton Chaney)
Gladden James ... Neville Silverman - Assistant Director
Phyllis Fraser ... Toots
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Mr. Spence - A Director
Betty Furness ... Ginger
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Storyline

A group of stuntmen at one studio in Hollywood call themselves "Lucky Devils," and regularly chant "A stuntman makes a bad husband and a husband makes a bad stuntman." It rings true when Slugger Jones is killed doing his last stunt right after his marriage. Skipper Clark and Bob Hughes prevent a down-and-out girl, Fran, from committing suicide, and help her get an acting job at the studio. Romance follows, with Skipper marrying Fran, but with the understanding he'll continue doing his stuntwork. But Skipper freezes during a stunt when the frantic Fran signals him to stop, and his friend Bob is nearly killed. This washes Skipper up in the stunt business, so he takes a job on the labor crew, shooting on location, and leaving the pregnant Fran in the care of a cheap doctor. When he gets a wire from the doctor telling him Fran must be sent to a hospital, he decides to do a dangerous stunt the other stuntmen refuse, going over a 30-foot waterfall in a rowboat, for the $200 needed for the ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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A thrill-romance of the men who make the movies m-o-v-e! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heroes for Hire See more »

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Budget:

$117,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The location filming at the end of the movie (the film on which Skipper is a laborer) is being done at Copper Creek, a tributary of the Klamath River, which runs primarily through Trinity County, California. The location is called "Copper River" in the film; though it is technically called Copper Creek in reality. Sometimes the creek does get called Copper River by some. See more »

Goofs

During Gabby's initiation, he supposedly has half a pitcher of beer poured into the front of his pants through a funnel. But, the funnel was plugged as the beer spills out of the top and his pants remain dry. See more »

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Features The Lost Squadron (1932) See more »

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About Hollywood Stunt Men
10 February 2002 | by Connie P.See all my reviews

A fun romp, Starring William Boyd, (best known as Hopalong Cassidy)about a group of Hollywood stunt men. The story by Bob Rose and Casey Robinson, two of the top stunt men of the era, follows the men through the up and downs of the stunt world in early films. Complete with a rousing song,sung several times in the film, about the trials and tribulations of the Hollywood stunt man, not unlike the "Fall Guy" theme. You get a glimpse of "state of the art" stunts of that time and it ends with William Boyd using all of his "stunt" skills to race from Big Bear back to Hollywood to make the birth of his child. It's fun, and gives a good look at old Hollywood as it plays as the backdrop for the story. Just a look at the size of the palm trees lets you know just how long ago this took place. Enjoy!


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