Chances (1931)

72 mins | Drama | 18 July 1931

Director:

Allan Dwan

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

Ray Curtiss

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to FD, the film was shot on the largest interior set ever built at First National, consisting of the interior, exterior and garden of an English country home. In the onscreen credits, director Allan Dwan's first name is misspelled "Alan."Contemporary reviews alternately list Tyrrell Davis and William Austin as "Archie" and Jean Fenwick and Mae Madison as "Ruth." According to a memoir, Allan Dwan remembers that a scene that he shot showing the British Army retreating in battle was reshot to seem like a pretended retreat in order not to alienate the British market. Modern sources add Robert Bennett and Jameson Thomas to the cast. ...

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According to FD, the film was shot on the largest interior set ever built at First National, consisting of the interior, exterior and garden of an English country home. In the onscreen credits, director Allan Dwan's first name is misspelled "Alan."Contemporary reviews alternately list Tyrrell Davis and William Austin as "Archie" and Jean Fenwick and Mae Madison as "Ruth." According to a memoir, Allan Dwan remembers that a scene that he shot showing the British Army retreating in battle was reshot to seem like a pretended retreat in order not to alienate the British market. Modern sources add Robert Bennett and Jameson Thomas to the cast.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Feb 1931
p. 9
Film Daily
10 Mar 1931
p. 7
Film Daily
14 Jun 1931
p. 16
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 1931
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
9 May 1931
pp. 37-40
New York Times
12 Jun 1931
p. 27
New York Times
21 Jun 1931
p. 3
Variety
16 Jun 1931
p. 21
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
A. Hamilton Gibbs
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Chances by Arthur Hamilton Gibbs (Boston, 1930).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 July 1931
Production Date:
ended Mar 1931
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
12 June 1931
LP2295
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In a heavy London fog in 1914, soldier Jack Ingleside bumps into an attractive woman. He begs her to have a drink with him, but she laughingly refuses him. To Jack's confusion, she seems to know him and to be amused that he doesn't know her. Before she leaves, Jack gets her phone number, and when he joins his brother Tom in a local pub, he tries to phone, but discovers he has written the number incorrectly. The next day, the two brothers, who are inseparable, travel together to visit their mother before they go off to war. To Jack's surprise, one of the guests at his mother's is the woman of the night before. Tom immediately recognizes her as Molly Prescott, a childhood neighbor and the only woman he has ever loved. Jack is smitten in his turn, and Molly returns his affection, although Jack's reputation as a ladies' man makes her nervous. Jack is serious, but when his mother tells him of Tom's feelings, Jack decides to step aside. He flirts with Sylvia, another guest, in front of Molly, and on the rebound, she agrees to wait for Tom. At the front, Jack successfully completes a difficult mission and is given a week's leave. By accident Jack runs into Molly in Calais, where she works as a driver. Once together again, they realize the depth of their feelings, and Molly asks Jack to tell Tom that she cannot marry him. Tom is devasted by the news. Giving up on life, he lets himself be shot by the enemy, but before he dies, he and Jack reconcile. ...

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In a heavy London fog in 1914, soldier Jack Ingleside bumps into an attractive woman. He begs her to have a drink with him, but she laughingly refuses him. To Jack's confusion, she seems to know him and to be amused that he doesn't know her. Before she leaves, Jack gets her phone number, and when he joins his brother Tom in a local pub, he tries to phone, but discovers he has written the number incorrectly. The next day, the two brothers, who are inseparable, travel together to visit their mother before they go off to war. To Jack's surprise, one of the guests at his mother's is the woman of the night before. Tom immediately recognizes her as Molly Prescott, a childhood neighbor and the only woman he has ever loved. Jack is smitten in his turn, and Molly returns his affection, although Jack's reputation as a ladies' man makes her nervous. Jack is serious, but when his mother tells him of Tom's feelings, Jack decides to step aside. He flirts with Sylvia, another guest, in front of Molly, and on the rebound, she agrees to wait for Tom. At the front, Jack successfully completes a difficult mission and is given a week's leave. By accident Jack runs into Molly in Calais, where she works as a driver. Once together again, they realize the depth of their feelings, and Molly asks Jack to tell Tom that she cannot marry him. Tom is devasted by the news. Giving up on life, he lets himself be shot by the enemy, but before he dies, he and Jack reconcile. After the war, Molly meets wounded war hero Jack at the train station, and together they begin their life without Tom.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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