Lucky Ghost aka Lady Luck (1942)
Director: William Beaudine
Screenplay: Lex Neal, Vernon Smith
Stars: Mantan Moreland, F.E. Miller, Maceo Bruce Sheffield and Napoleon Whiting.
Tagline: A Thriller-Diller Laff Sensation Feature!
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Washington (Moreland) and Jefferson (Miller) are down-on-their-luck friends looking for an opportunity. When they meet a couple of rich men standing by a limo, they learn that the driver has gone for gas. Washington entices the men into a dice game. By the time the driver has returned, Washington has won all of the men’s money, their fancy clothes and the car!
Washington and Jefferson have the driver take them to a nearby country club. The club is run by a crook named Dr. Brutus Blake (Sheffield). Blake invites Washington to play in his private gambling room. There he plans to swindle Washington out of all his cash using crooked dice. What Blake doesn’t know is that ghosts are watching and don’t like what they’re seeing.
The movie really takes off once Mantan begins playing craps in the club. He’s hilarious when he’s forced to roll using dice he knows will cause him to lose. Lady Luck isn’t as funny as Mr. Washington Goes to Town, but this semi-sequel has its moments.
Lucky Ghost aka Lady Luck earns 3 of 5 stars.