Sheer Luck (1931)

Two milkmen foil a prohibition raid set-up; one finds romance with a society deb in the bargain.


Bruce Mitchell


Bruce Mitchell (story and scenario) (as 'Brownie' Mitchell)


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Cast overview:
Jobyna Ralston ... Betty Carver
Nick Stuart ... Jimmie Reid
Bobby Vernon ... Archibald Smith
Philo McCullough ... Milton Blackburn
Reed Howes ... 'Rabbit' Rossi
Margaret Landis ... Mrs. Hiram Carver
John Ince ... Hiram Carver
Oscar Smith Oscar Smith ... Washington Jefferson Smith
Margaret Irving ... Patsy
Tom London ... Police Lieutenant


Two milkmen foil a prohibition raid set-up; one finds romance with a society deb in the bargain.

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Crime | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

26 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luck of a Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Big 4 Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Jobyna Ralston. See more »

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"You're SMART, Milkman!!!!"
20 August 2004 | by sunspottSee all my reviews

I saw this vintage Poverty Row talkie on the old Satellite Program Network way back in 1980 on its all-night movie show. If Ed Wood were making films back then, this would be it! Clunky plot! No budget! 3 AM scenes shot in broad daylight! Stagy performances with dramatic pauses after every fifth.... word! Nonexistent editing: heavy Reed Howes ("the RABBIT!") enters swank apartment building, camera cuts to interior AND HOLDS FOR 8 SECONDS on scene till he finally enters! Jaw-dropping dialogue like the above quote Rabbit snarls to virtuous milkman Nick Stuart! And one song played at least eight times through the hour-long film! Oh yeah, be brave and stick around for the nightclub climax and floor show! Love those cymbal clashes on the adagio number!

This gem's not easy to find--I don't think it's aired since SPN's demise. I found a LUCK OF A MAN copy only through a fellow collector who found a print in a stock-footage archive! Still, for all its faults (and mostly because of them!), it's fun for film buffs, especially for Jobyna Ralston and a rare sound showcase for silent comic Bobby Vernon (who's a gas). Hope you find it, and like it!

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