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The Wonderful Chance (1920)

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Upon leaving prison, an ex con vows to go straight, but circumstances force him to return to crime. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks kidnaps a visiting British aristocrat, but the ex-con has an ... See full summary »

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Eugene O'Brien ...
Lord Birmingham / 'Swagger' Barlow
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Peggy Winton
Tom Blake ...
'Red' Dugan
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Joe Klingsby
Joseph Flanagan ...
Haggerty (as Joe Flanagan)
Warren Cook ...
Parker Winton
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Upon leaving prison, an ex con vows to go straight, but circumstances force him to return to crime. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks kidnaps a visiting British aristocrat, but the ex-con has an incredible likeness to the Englishman, and his intended hosts take him home to their mansion. Written by WesternOne

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27 September 1920 (USA)  »

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Mediocre crime melodrama with Valentino as a hood.
11 September 2001 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

Valentino plays a hood in this crime melodrama of 1920. It's pretty mediocre and creaky and more than a little unbelievable but Valentino, sporting a moustache and looking like an elegant Robert Armstrong, proves his mettle as a character actor. The plot: Eugene O'Brien plays a dual role as a gangster trying to go straight after a jail sentence and a visiting English Lord. Due to a series of mistaken identities, the gangster who is a lookalike for the Lord, winds up impersonating him while the gang has kidnapped the real Lord, hoping to hold him for ransom. There are some excellent special effects with O'Brien playing to himself and even one nifty one where he actually removes a blindfold from "himself" and puts it in his pocket. This is of interest mainly due to Valentino's presence, proving his acting talent beyond matinee idoldom. The print used for Videobrary's video transfer is quite poor, very dark and grainy, but at least it's available for Valentino fans. Videobrary does NOT list this film on their website but they DO have it. Just inquire.


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