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“Lady Luck” - Situation Comedy Murder Mystery
released on September 14, 1936
running time 64 minutes

The Actors: Patricia Farr (Mamie Murphy), William Bakewell (Dave Haines), Lulu McConnell (Aunt Mamie Murphy), Duncan Renaldo (Tony Morelli, owner of the Blue Moon nightclub), Iris Adrian (Rita, Tony's partner), Jameson Thomas (Jack Conroy), Lew Kelly (Police Detective Lieutenant James Riley), Vivien Oakland (Mrs. Cora Hemingway), Claud Allister (Briggs, Conroy's valet), Arthur Hoyt (J. Baldwin Hemingway), John Kelly (Joe, Tony's nightclub bouncer), Charles Lane (Feinberg), Lupee Lupien (French maid), Lionel Backus (chauffeur), Joe Barton (Sam Goldberg), Ed Cassidy (William Feldman), Robert Cory (butler), Edward Hearn (Bill, policeman guarding the apartment door), Rodney Hildebrand (Maddock, the drugged policeman), Lee Prather (banker Cummings), Pedro Regas (head barber), Francis Sayles (newspaper city editor), Jack Shutta (Red, Blue Moon bouncer), Edward Thomas (waiter), Ray Turner (elevator operator)

Luck, Be a Lady, or The Lady Killer

Patricia FarrAfter appearing in small parts in several motion pictures, Patricia Farr was one of fourteen women that were selected to spend eighteen months at a special Fox Studios acting school. On August 6, 1935 Patricia signed a six month contract with Fox Studios that could be extended to seven years. With her baby-face chubby cheeks and matching lips, she resembled the beautiful and sexy cartoon character Betty Boop, and a movie star future was all but assured.

Her contract with Fox was not extended to seven years, and on Friday the thirteenth of November in 1936 she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures, calling herself a lucky Friday the Thirteenth girl. Patricia never had a break-out movie part that made her a star, but excelled as a beautiful actress who could appear in a witty and sarcastic comic scene without becoming a ‘dumb blonde’.

In this comedy adventure she is a poor but beautiful manicurist who is chased by all the men, but she is holding out for the wealthiest man she can find. This is bad news for the always-broke newspaper reporter who loves her, but good news for the wolves in search of a good time with a pretty girl. Then the tables are turned when she wins a huge, life-changing fortune, and suddenly everyone wants her for her money instead of her beauty.

She is having the time of her life, with the help of an older lady who suddenly appears with some explosive news. But despite all of her luck, when she wakes up with a gun in her hand, and a dead body on the floor, this lucky lady may be at the end of her lucky streak. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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