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A Lady of Chance (1928)

Seasoned grifter Dolly Crandall returns to the 'badger game' but has a change of heart when she falls in love with a young man she believes is a rich Southerner.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Leroy Scott (from the story "Little Angel"), Edmund Goulding (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Dolly Morgan aka Angel Face
Lowell Sherman ... Bradley
Gwen Lee ... Gwen
Johnny Mack Brown ... Steve Crandall (as John Mack Brown)
Eugenie Besserer ... Mrs. Crandall
Buddy Messinger Buddy Messinger ... Hank (as Buddie Messinger)
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Storyline

Dolly, alias "Angel Face," meets a naive young man at a hotel who appears to be rich. Thinking she's found an easy mark, she marries him, only to find out that the plantation he was bragging about belongs to a neighbor, and his fortune is more speculative than real. In spite of herself, she falls in love with him. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Underworld and society-love and regeneration- in the first "inside" story of the Broadway "racket!" (Print Ad- Sunday Sun, ((Vancouver, BC)) 2 February 1929)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carita de Ángel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2001 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)| Silent | Stereo (2001 re-issue)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Just a Little Bit of Driftwood" (1928); music and lyrics by Benny Davis, 'Dohl Davis' and Abe Lyman was published in connection with the movie. See more »

Quotes

Bradley: A dame like that ought to be in jail. She's a menace to society.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released this movie in a totally silent version in 1928. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Norma Shearer (1962) See more »

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Silent shows Shearer's range!
20 August 2001 | by Chuck40See all my reviews

Story of female con artist who falls for her scam victim is just a backdrop for Shearer, who photographs beautifully and shows a remarkable range without uttering a word (check out the "wedding veil" scene, where she moves from mocking the idea of marriage to momentarily embracing the idea, all within a few seconds of subtly-evolving facial gestures). Entertaining, even if plot takes a couple of slightly unbelievable twists, with nice balance of comedy and drama (again, Shearer's range of emotion in the last scenes of the film are impressive and engaging). Clearly shows why Norma Shearer was a major MGM star even before the advent of sound.


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