The Golden Chance (1916)

5,274 mins | Drama | 31 January 1916

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Cinematographer:

Alvin Wyckoff

Production Designer:

Wilfred Buckland
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HISTORY

       Production on The Golden Chance began sometime before 5 Nov 1915 with Edna Goodrich playing the role of "Mary Denby." Goodrich was replaced by Cleo Ridgely. In DeMille's autobiography, he notes that during the filming, he directed two films at the same time. In the day he directed The Cheat , while at night he directed The Golden Chance .
              According to records compiled by Cecil B. DeMille, the film cost $18,710.81 to produce and generated $83,504.03 in gross film ... More Less

       Production on The Golden Chance began sometime before 5 Nov 1915 with Edna Goodrich playing the role of "Mary Denby." Goodrich was replaced by Cleo Ridgely. In DeMille's autobiography, he notes that during the filming, he directed two films at the same time. In the day he directed The Cheat , while at night he directed The Golden Chance .
              According to records compiled by Cecil B. DeMille, the film cost $18,710.81 to produce and generated $83,504.03 in gross film rentals. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
15 Jan 16
p. 252.
MPW
8 Jan 16
p. 255.
MPW
22 Jan 16
p. 674.
New York Times
17 Jan 16
p. 20.
NYDM
29 Apr 16
p. 28.
Variety
31 Dec 15
p. 25.
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 January 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 January 1916
Copyright Number:
LU7488
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
5,274
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Married to the alcoholic and chronically unemployed Steve Denby, his wife, Mary, takes a job as a seamstress for the wealthy Mrs. Hillary. Impressed with Mary's beauty, Mrs. Hillary decides to dress her up, make her pose as unmarried and introduce her to Roger Manning, a travel-prone young millionaire whom Mr. Hillary wants to keep in town for business reasons. Roger instantly falls in love with Mary, and when Steve finds out, he decides to use the relationship to get some money out of Roger. When that plan fails, Steve decides to kill him. Roger gets the better of a fight between the two men, however, and then, when the police arrive, they kill Steve as he tries to escape. Although she is now free to marry Roger, the lovers contemplate the human cost of their ... +


Married to the alcoholic and chronically unemployed Steve Denby, his wife, Mary, takes a job as a seamstress for the wealthy Mrs. Hillary. Impressed with Mary's beauty, Mrs. Hillary decides to dress her up, make her pose as unmarried and introduce her to Roger Manning, a travel-prone young millionaire whom Mr. Hillary wants to keep in town for business reasons. Roger instantly falls in love with Mary, and when Steve finds out, he decides to use the relationship to get some money out of Roger. When that plan fails, Steve decides to kill him. Roger gets the better of a fight between the two men, however, and then, when the police arrive, they kill Steve as he tries to escape. Although she is now free to marry Roger, the lovers contemplate the human cost of their love. +

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