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Chances (1931)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 18 July 1931 (USA)
Two brothers on leave fall for the same girl in World War I London.


Allan Dwan (as Alan Dwan)


A. Hamilton Gibbs (novel), Waldemar Young (adaptation)




Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jack Ingleside
Rose Hobart ... Molly Prescott
Anthony Bushell ... Tom Ingleside
Holmes Herbert ... Maj. Bradford
Mary Forbes Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Ingleside
Tyrell Davis ... Archie
Edmund Breon ... The General
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... Pvt. Jones


Two brothers on leave fall for the same girl in World War I London.

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Drama | Romance | War


Not Rated





English | French | German

Release Date:

18 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »


Jack Ingleside: Well, I say, I must know something about you. Your phone number or something?
Molly Prescott: Very well. Mayfair double-nine, nine, one.
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My Buddy
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played as background music when Jack returns to Tom at the front
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another WWI love triangle
13 November 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Anthony Bushell are the Prescott brothers in 1931's "Chances," and both are in love with the same woman, Molly (Rose Hobart). The two brothers go off to war while Molly does her part in the effort, Tom (Bushell) believing that Rose is waiting for him, while in fact, she loves Jack (Fairbanks Jr.) and only turned to Tom on the rebound. Jack and Molly meet while he is on leave, and when he returns to battle, he doesn't know how to handle the situation with his brother.

This is a very dated film done in that weird time that was the transition between silent and sound. This makes the dialogue pacing off and the film seem mannered and stagy. It's by no means a heavy look at war as some of the films made around the same time were, but rather focuses on the brothers' relationship and their mutual love for one woman. Fairbanks Jr. emerges as the best actor, giving a solid performance. Hobart is very serious and kind of boring, and Bushell is good-looking but callow. It's all very stiff upper lip and pip-pip.

"Chances" is a dark-looking film with some well-done battle scenes. One interesting bit of trivia about the cast is that all three leads lived to be 90 and above. One wonders if in later years, they even remembered this early effort.

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