Chance at Heaven (1933)

70-71 mins | Drama | 27 October 1933

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HISTORY

The ending of the film is ambiguous concerning the result of Glory's pregnancy. Although her mother states that the doctor was wrong in his diagnosis, the script strongly suggests in other places that she was pregnant and therefore had an abortion. According to HR news items, Al Santell was originally scheduled to direct the production and Dorothy Wilson and Laura Hope Crews were to have appeared in it. Robert McWade was announced as a cast member in HR, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources credit Mel Berns as makeup artist and John Miehle as still photographer on the production and add the following cast members: Harry Bowen (First reporter), Helen Freeman, Thelma Hardwick and Alden Chase . ...

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The ending of the film is ambiguous concerning the result of Glory's pregnancy. Although her mother states that the doctor was wrong in his diagnosis, the script strongly suggests in other places that she was pregnant and therefore had an abortion. According to HR news items, Al Santell was originally scheduled to direct the production and Dorothy Wilson and Laura Hope Crews were to have appeared in it. Robert McWade was announced as a cast member in HR, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources credit Mel Berns as makeup artist and John Miehle as still photographer on the production and add the following cast members: Harry Bowen (First reporter), Helen Freeman, Thelma Hardwick and Alden Chase .

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Sep 1933
p. 3
Film Daily
23 Dec 1933
p. 3
HF
12 Aug 1933
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 1933
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 1933
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 1933
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 1933
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 1933
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 1933
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
14 Oct 1933
p. 36
Motion Picture Herald
11 Nov 1933
p. 70
New York Times
26 Dec 1933
p. 19
Variety
26 Dec 1933
p. 26
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
William Seiter
Dir
Jimmy Anderson
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Nick Musuraca
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
James B. Morley
Ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "A Chance at Heaven" by Vina Delmar in Liberty (9 Apr 1932).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 October 1933
Production Date:
began mid Aug 1933
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
27 October 1933
LP4285
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-71
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After two years of dating, Blackstone "Blacky" Gorman, the owner of a gas station in the resort town of Silver Beach, Massachusetts, finally proposes to Marje Harris, his devoted girl friend. Soon after, however, the wealthy, pretty Glory Franklyn moves to Silver Beach with her family, and the moment she sees handsome Blacky, she falls in love. Blacky falls for Glory's deliberate, youthful charms, and allows himself to be swayed by her teary tales of parental tyranny. Wise to Blacky's activities and feelings, Marje nobly terminates their engagement, freeing him to propose to Glory. Although her status-conscious mother strongly disapproves of Blacky, Glory elopes with him and moves into his small house, an act of defiance that fuels the gossip columns and makes Blacky an overnight celebrity. Because she still loves Blacky, Marje happily instructs the childish Glory on how to be a proper housewife, redecorating the house with her and even showing her how to make Blacky's favorite dish, chicken pie. When Glory discovers she is pregnant, however, she panics, suddenly realizing the seriousness of the marriage "game," and flees to New York to be with her mother. After several months of separation, Blacky learns from Marje that his wife is leaving for California and rushes to New York to stop her. No longer pregnant, a coldly matured Glory informs Blacky that she wants out of the marriage. Heartbroken, Blacky drifts for a time, but eventually returns to Silver Beach and his faithful ...

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After two years of dating, Blackstone "Blacky" Gorman, the owner of a gas station in the resort town of Silver Beach, Massachusetts, finally proposes to Marje Harris, his devoted girl friend. Soon after, however, the wealthy, pretty Glory Franklyn moves to Silver Beach with her family, and the moment she sees handsome Blacky, she falls in love. Blacky falls for Glory's deliberate, youthful charms, and allows himself to be swayed by her teary tales of parental tyranny. Wise to Blacky's activities and feelings, Marje nobly terminates their engagement, freeing him to propose to Glory. Although her status-conscious mother strongly disapproves of Blacky, Glory elopes with him and moves into his small house, an act of defiance that fuels the gossip columns and makes Blacky an overnight celebrity. Because she still loves Blacky, Marje happily instructs the childish Glory on how to be a proper housewife, redecorating the house with her and even showing her how to make Blacky's favorite dish, chicken pie. When Glory discovers she is pregnant, however, she panics, suddenly realizing the seriousness of the marriage "game," and flees to New York to be with her mother. After several months of separation, Blacky learns from Marje that his wife is leaving for California and rushes to New York to stop her. No longer pregnant, a coldly matured Glory informs Blacky that she wants out of the marriage. Heartbroken, Blacky drifts for a time, but eventually returns to Silver Beach and his faithful Marje.

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