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A Lady of Chance (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 December 1928 (USA)
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.


Robert Z. Leonard


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




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 Crandall (as Buddie Messinger)


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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She gambled with Fate for his money- but he won her heart instead! (Print Ad-Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 22 March 1929) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance



Did You Know?


This movie was originally filmed as a silent picture. But, with the advent of sound, audiences began not paying for silent films and only paying to see "talkies". M-G-M, one of the last studios to adopt sound, did not have any "talkies" to release. So, M-G-M began taking silent films they had not yet released, such as this film, and, post-production, added sound sequences to them. Unfortunately, these sound sequences and the accompanying sound track have apparently not survived, and so a modern musical score has been added, considered by many as more detrimental rather than as supportive to the action on the screen. See more »


Bradley: The dough's gone!
Gwen: I knew that dame was dishonest!
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Alternate Versions

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


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

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Norma Shearer's last silent film
16 August 2001 | by Patrick-96See all my reviews

"A Lady of Chance" was Norma Shearer's last silent film. The Turner Movie Classic channel debut of this forgotten gem with a brand-new score, took place on August 15, 2001. It was a total delight! The print was in excellent condition and looked just as audiences first saw it in 1928. Norma, who never looked lovelier, was in top form and showed how adept she was as a silent movie actress. Never let anyone say that she couldn't handle comedy! It's a fun film to watch and I recommend it to anyone, not just Shearer fans.

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Release Date:

1 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carita de Ángel See more »

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Technical Specs


(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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