Wheel of Chance (1928)

73 mins | Melodrama | 17 June 1928

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HISTORY

The working title of this film may have been Roulette ... More Less

The working title of this film may have been Roulette . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Jul 1928.
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New York Times
2 Jul 1928
p. 11.
Variety
4 Jul 1928
p. 16.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Roulette
Release Date:
17 June 1928
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 June 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25341
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,813, 6,895
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Turkeltaub family leaves Russia for the United States during the czarist regime, saddened by the apparent death of little Schmulka, fraternal twin of their other son, Nickolai. In America, the Turkeltaubs prosper; Nickolai becomes a prominent district attorney, and he is engaged to marry Ada Berkowitz. Schmulka, now known as Jacob Talinef, is revealed to have survived his childhood, having been nursed back to health by Hanscha Talinef, a midwife who brought him as a youth to New York. A young gangster and a drunkard, Jacob accidentally kills Josie Drew, a promiscuous girl who once had a relationship with Nickolai. Nickolai, as prosecuting attorney, is influenced by his mother, who is drawn to the redheaded boy, to ask for leniency. After serving a short jail sentence, Jacob is finally reunited with his ... +


The Turkeltaub family leaves Russia for the United States during the czarist regime, saddened by the apparent death of little Schmulka, fraternal twin of their other son, Nickolai. In America, the Turkeltaubs prosper; Nickolai becomes a prominent district attorney, and he is engaged to marry Ada Berkowitz. Schmulka, now known as Jacob Talinef, is revealed to have survived his childhood, having been nursed back to health by Hanscha Talinef, a midwife who brought him as a youth to New York. A young gangster and a drunkard, Jacob accidentally kills Josie Drew, a promiscuous girl who once had a relationship with Nickolai. Nickolai, as prosecuting attorney, is influenced by his mother, who is drawn to the redheaded boy, to ask for leniency. After serving a short jail sentence, Jacob is finally reunited with his family. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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