Mr. Lucky

Season 1
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Mr. Lucky was an honest professional gambler who had won a plush floating casino, the ship Fortuna, and used it as his base of operations. Staying beyond the 12-mile limit, where he could operate a gambling ship legally, Mr. Lucky played host to a wide variety of people, all of whom came to make use of his luxurious facility.
Starring
John VivyamRoss MartinTom Brown
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DramaAdventureAction
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. The Magnificent Bribe
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    October 24, 1959
    26min
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    Mr. Lucky and his best mate Andamo, are forced to flee the country and their casino when a South American President (Nehemiah Persoff, Some Like It Hot) learns Andamo is aiding anti-government revolutionaries.
  2. 2. They Shall Not Pass
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    October 31, 1959
    26min
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    Mr. Lucky and Andamo arrive penniless in the Port of Los Angeles and crash a costume party aboard a yacht to get some food. Fortune is on Mr. Lucky's side as he ends up owning the Fortuna II and converting it into a gambling ship. This episode introduces Pippa Scott as Maggie, the Queen in Mr. Lucky's deck.
  3. 3. The Stowaway
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    November 7, 1959
    26min
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    A local mob boss (Get Smart's Edward Platt) is hot on the heels of a man (Gavin MacLeod) who uses the Fortuna II to hide his whereabouts, unbeknownst to Lucky and Andamo.
  4. 4. The Money Game
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    November 14, 1959
    26min
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    Police inform Mr. Lucky to be on the lookout for counterfeit cash being circulated from the Fortuna II's port, coincidentally at the same time a beautiful woman (TV's Mission Impossible, Barbara Bain) and an eccentric professor (J. Pat O'Malley) starts frequenting the floating casino.
  5. 5. That Stands For Pool
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    November 21, 1959
    26min
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    It's a high-stakes game of pool when both Mr. Lucky's wallet, and life, is on the line when challenged by a seedy gambler. Pippa Scott returns as Lucky's love interest, Maggie.
  6. 6. My Little Gray Home
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    November 28, 1959
    26min
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    An old pal just released from prison with an unusual request visits Mr. Lucky. He want's Lucky's help getting back inside the joint. Directed by Jerry Hopper, TV's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Gilligan's Island.
  7. 7. The Gordon Caper
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    December 5, 1959
    25min
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    A millionaire boards the Fortuna for a night of gambling and a murdered body is discovered. Lucky, Andamo and Maggie all end up in danger.
  8. 8. Little Miss Wow
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    December 12, 1959
    24min
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    An heiress ("Batgirl" Yvonne Craig) running away from her sheltered life wants to dig the world in beatnik fashion. She ensnares Lucky and Andamo to show her the hip scene unaware she's become the target of a couple of hoods that want to kidnap her for ransom.
  9. 9. A Business Measure
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    December 19, 1959
    25min
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    When it's discovered the Fortuna II has become a storehouse for gem smuggling, Mr. Lucky and Andamo bring the police on board. However, the crooks will go so far as to blow up the ship if they don't get their precious cargo back.
  10. 10. Hijacked
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    December 26, 1959
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    An armed robbery camouflages the real reason thieves want to get their hands on a check written to pay off a gambling debt. Guest stars David White (Bewitched's Larry Tate) and Len Lesser (Seinfeld's Uncle Leo).
  11. 11. Aces Back to Back
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    January 2, 1960
    26min
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    Mr. Lucky tries not to look a gift horse in the mouth when an old buddy (Peter Whitney, The Beverly Hillbillies) sends him an atrocious painting. But suspicions arise when the friend is murdered and someone desperately wants to buy the art piece from him.
  12. 12. Maggie The Witness
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    January 9, 1960
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    Maggie's in a tight spot when she witnesses a mob assassination, while an estate attorney is seeking her whereabouts to give her inheritance money. Directed by Boris Sagel, The Omega Man.
  13. 13. The Two Million Dollar Window
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    January 16, 1960
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    Mr. Lucky and Andamo wind up in jail when found possessing stolen racetrack money, won from gambling with a scar-faced man. Featuring Cyril Delevanti (The Night of the Iguana).
  14. 14. The Leadville Kid Gang
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    January 23, 1960
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    Old train robbers, The Leadville Kid (Will Wright) and his cronies prove they can still turn a trick and rob the Fortuna II setting Mr. Lucky and Andamo in pursuit.
  15. 15. The Sour Milk Fund
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    January 30, 1960
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    Andamo is smitten with an attractive Society woman who is intent on prohibiting the ship's gambling while convincing a dubious Mr. Lucky to hold a children's milk fundraiser. Features Warren Stevens (Forbidden Planet).
  16. 16. The Brain Picker
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    February 6, 1960
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    In a surprising move, Mr. Lucky transforms the Fortuna II into a luxurious dinner club and aids one of its new patrons who is being blackmailed. Herbert Rudley, The Mother-In-Laws, guest stars.
  17. 17. The Last Laugh
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    February 13, 1960
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    A mobster stalks the Fortuna's new comedian putting the comic's wife and Maggie in danger. Guest stars Frank Gorshin.
  18. 18. The Parolee
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    February 20, 1960
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    A shady businessman puts the screws on a Fortuna employee, a former parolee, who is trying to stay clean. Directed by Lamont Johnson, Peter Gunn and The Twilight Zone.
  19. 19. The Tax Man
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    February 27, 1960
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    Mr. Lucky becomes the focus of an IRS investigation, triggered by a business owner who has cooked the books and is tossing a red herring in his direction. Directed by Jack Arnold, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  20. 20. The Gladiators
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    March 5, 1960
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    Mr. Lucky and Andamo take charge of the contender for a charity boxing match but are warned by the opponent's manager he must take the fall or else.
  21. 21. The Big Squeeze
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    March 12, 1960
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    A shady friend from Mr. Lucky's (Kevin Hagen, Little House on the Prairie) past wants to make a Cuban getaway after a major heist using the Fortuna II. Rejected, he frames Lucky and places Andamo in danger. Also features Jack Elam (Once Upon a Time in the West, High Noon).
  22. 22. A Cold Deck
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    March 19, 1960
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    It's undercover time for Mr. Lucky and Andamo when they're asked to find a card shark swindling players and driving one to attempt suicide. Features Joe Maross, Peyton Place.
  23. 23. His Maiden Voyage
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    March 26, 1960
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    A lawyer in a custody battle over his daughter will stop at nothing to keep her and hijacks the Fortuna II to smuggle her out of the country.
  24. 24. I Bet Your Life
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    April 2, 1960
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    A mobster insists on buying the Fortuna and will employ any tactic including an attack dog and instigating a virus quarantine.
  25. 25. Hair of the Dog
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    April 9, 1960
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    Written by the Oscar-winning Sterling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night); this is the only Mr. Lucky episode the famed writer penned.
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Directors
Jack Arnold
Supporting actors
Joe ScottPippa ScottPaul GengeSol GorssStanley AdamsPeter WhitneyGavin MacLeod
Producers
Jack McEdward
Season year
1960
Network
Multicom Entertainment Group (MEG)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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bonfireblondieReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thanks Amazon Prime for rekindling memories of Mr. Lucky!
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Mr. Lucky! Wow, memories. The awesome music score, by the great Henry Mancini. Handsome, John Vivyam, WAS Mr. Lucky. I had a little girl, crush on him. Talented Ross Martin as Andamo. The beginning spinning wheel and dice. The cat with the winking eye. The Fortuna floating casino with the blinking dice. The watch that played the theme music. I loved this show. So reminiscent of that fabulous era. I'd forgotten how much I've loved the ending music especially with the organ. How it made me smile and hum! I don't remember specific episodes but I do remember the aura and the feeling I got from the show that made a definite impression on me. Thanks Amazon Prime for bringing this show back. Also, the wonderful Peter Gunn series. Now, all I need is to see are episodes of the Jetsons, some chocolate milk and a grilled cheese sandwich and I'm back in time! Woo Hoo!
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great to see a period piece like Mr
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Great to see a period piece like Mr. Lucky! Mancini's lush melodies are a treat, especially as background jazz groups. You get to hear some fabulous playing by studio musicians of the day, particularly the flute player who dubbed the smoking jazz improv for the beatnik club scene. The dialogue and one-liners are occasionally, surprisingly hip. Vivyan's Mr. Lucky, while essentially bullet-proof, does get beat up, knocked out, dunked in the water and maltreated in a way not common to super-heroes of the day. Ross Martin's Andamo is actually better-acted and more nuanced than the ham-fisted character he portrayed in Wild Wild West. His over-acting in that series was often embarassing, but as Andamo, he is often relatively charming. Great to see roles by up and coming actors who are now household names. The theme music DOES get played into the ground at every opportunity, from Lucky's watch chime to the combo aboard the Fortuna, the radio or jukebox in the clubs they visit and on and on; it's too much of a good thing. And pretty much every single episode starts with the same solo tuned-drum track and a launch on its way to the Fortuna. But hey, it was 1960 and it was all about cut and paste when you could save a buck. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the entire series.
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D RayReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mr Lucky probably deserved its 1 season, 1959-60
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An early collaboration between Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini, overlapping Peter Gunn, a year before Breakfast at Tiffany's and 3 ahead of Pink Panther. John Vivyan is ok as Mr Lucky, Ross Martin (Wild Wild West) good but under-used as his friend and business partner. Interesting to see these guest stars, top of the day, or soon to become so; eg an episode or 2 each for Jack Nicholson, Barbara Bain, Gavin McLeod, Yvonne Craig, Frank Gorshin, Jack Elam, Yvette Mimieux. All in all tho, it's better as a document of the time and stars than as anything like good plot, characters, acting, directing. "Plots" take 12 minutes to prepare and 12 more to dispatch, usually highly dubiously, and even Nicholson is required to way over-act, in a 2nd tier role. 34 ok episodes if you've exhausted your other options.
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Lynn SteeleReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This show is cool, urbane and everything one expects of a Blake ...
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This show is cool, urbane and everything one expects of a Blake Edwards production. I grew up listening to the soundtrack of this show, but never watched it until now. John Vivyam is Mr. Lucky with his partner in crime Andamo played by Ross Martin (Wild, Wild, West). If you love period TV shows and music by Henry Mancini, I highly recommend this show.
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catholicbatmanReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgia and Fun Filled
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It's a good old time show with just the right mix of action, humor, suspense and drama. It's definitely worth watching through. The episodes, though similar in format, are just a breath of fresh air compared to modern tv.
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Steven J. KennedyReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2017
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Four Stars
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Outstanding TV series from my youth!
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Charles van BurenReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great, but hard luck, TV series
As a child of around 10 YOA, I was a serious fan of Peter Gunn. I still remember the disappointment of turning the tv channel to Peter Gunn only to discover that it wasn't there anymore. I think, but am not sure, that this was my first encounter with Mr. Lucky. I was not pleased. My parents began watching Mr. Lucky on a regular basis. As there was only one television ( and but two stations), I also watched. Still angry about Peter Gunn it took several episodes for Mr. Lucky to grow on me but it did. Not as cool as Peter Gunn but suave and sophisticated (and of course, lucky), here was another character to admire. With Ross Martin, pre Wild Wild West, as a co-star, this was good television developed by the great Blake Edwards featuring smooth music by Henry Mancini. My child's tv world was once again secure. Then came the first blow, the casino mysteriously became a restaurant. Then the other shoe fell: cancellation. I never trusted television again which in retrospect, was a valuable lesson.

The main sponsor, Lever Brothers, insisted upon changing the casino to a restaurant in mid-season for reasons which are still somewhat murky to me. The show, still in its first and unfortunately last season, was a hit but the change was made anyway. The program remained popular but at the season end Lever dropped it. Another sponsor did not come forward. The reasons behind all of this are obscure but star, John Vivyan, blamed Jack Benny. You will have to look that up for yourself (try Television Obscurities and Wikipedia). Vivyan never starred in another tv program or movie. He did have a success with the play, Cactus Flower, in 1969 but did little acting afterwards.

This series and the Cary Grant movie are both based loosely on the same short story. However, they share but little except the title and the occupation of Mr. Lucky. I streamed this series via Amazon Prime so can not comment on any DVD's or Blu-rays.
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Allan ColvinReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Acting, music and interesting series. Great to watch!
I was 15 when Mr. Lucky debuted in 1959. Because of Amazon Prime, I was able to watch all 34 episodes and enjoyed them all. I certainly do remember the rigged TV game shows of that era, but believe sponsor Lever Bros. did not help the series by turning the yacht from a floating casino into a restaurant! The rigged game shows were not casino's, but the $64,000 Question and $64,000 Challenge were the culprits. I enjoyed the series and certainly the music of Henry Mancini and the actors! Thanks Amazon Prime for reviving the series. I give Mr. Lucky series 5 stars.
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