This week’s mystery movie was the 1931 First National picture Chances by A. Hamilton Gibbs, with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rose Hobart, Anthony Bushell, Holmes Herbert, Mary Forbes, Edmond Breon and Harry Allen.
Photography by Ernest Haller. Art direction by Esdras Hartley.
Edited by Ray Curtiss. Wardrobe by Earl Luick.
Vitaphone Orchestra conducted by David Mendoza.
Directed by Alan Dwan.
More information about Chances is available from the AFI catalog.
Chances is available on a Warner Archive DVD from Amazon (and on backorder from Critics’ Choice Videos).
Chances has aired seven times on TCM in the last 25 years, most recently in March 2021.
I picked Chances on the basis of a tweet by Lou Lumenick, who posted a 1967 ad for a film series Aspects of the Thirties hosted by William K. Everson at the New School.
I’m going to say that Mordaunt Hall hated the picture, but let’s see.
I’m half right. Mordaunt Hall reviewed the picture (New York Times, June 12, 1931), but he loved it!
After some of the effusions that have recently decorated screens it is a great pleasure to behold a picture like Chances, which was presented last night by Warner Brothers at their Hollywood Theatre. it is a thoroughly human story of war and love, taken from A. Hamilton Gibbs’ novel. it rings true in every episode, nothing being overdone, for which Alan Dwan, the director, deserves much credit.
For Monday, we have a mystery couple. The mystery lady appears to be taken with our mysterious leading man (off-screen) and is ignoring her mysterious companion, who does not approve of such goings-on.
Update: This is Florence Britton and Tyrell Davis.
Update: This is May Beatty.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery chap), Suzanne Stone (Monday’s mysterious chap), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery chap) and Sheila (Monday’s mystery bloke).
Welcome Back Howard!
Update: This is Mary Forbes.
Brain Trust roll call: Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery woman).
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Anthony Bushell.
And another mysterious fellow.
Update: This is Holmes Herbert.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Sheila (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery women), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery woman) and Eve Golden (Monday’s mysterious silly ass).
For Friday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Rose Hobart.
We also have a mystery gent.
This is Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery officer No. 1), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests).